• Scenic View from Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island ©timhaufphotography.com

    Channel Islands

    National Park California

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Shorebirds

Tim Hauf
 

The park's islands, Santa Rosa Island in particular, are an important wintering area and stopover point for shorebirds. Thirty shorebird species have recorded. Common wintering shorebirds include willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus), wandering tattler (Heteroscelus incanus), whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), black turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala), and sanderling (Calidris alba).

Click on the links to the left to learn more about specific shorebird species in the park.

Did You Know?

Island fox                                                  timhaufphotography.com

Island foxes are the smallest North American canids and occur only on the Channel Islands. The average weight for an adult male is 5-6 pounds, about the size of a house cat.