• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


Marbled Godwit

(Limosa fedoa)
Marbled Godwit
A group of Marbled Godwits wade at Baker Beach.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The Marbled Godwit forages by pecking and probing for invertebrates. It often feeds at night. This loosely colonial bird is often found in small flocks. It breeds in the the mid-west of Canada and the United States.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in areas of tidal sand and rock.

Frequency: This species is abundant during the spring, winter, and fall seasons.

Identifying Characteristics: This large, mottled brown sandpiper has a long, slightly upturned beak that is darker near the tip.

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Did You Know?

The San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio

The National Cemeteries Act was based on the principles articulated by President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address--"that these dead shall not have died in vain." Passed by Congress in 1863, the law established thirteen cemeteries to inter veterans of the Armed Forces and their families.