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?
Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island is one of the world’s largest known sea caves. The cave measures 1215 feet in length (the size of more than four football fields), has a 160 foot entrance, and is almost 100 feet wide.