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?
Park and sanctuary waters are home to the largest aggregation of blue whales in the world. Approximately 10% of the global blue whale population gathers in the channel during the summer. More...