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

    Presidio of San Francisco


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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 Officers' Club at the Presidio

The modern-day Officers' Club was part of the original Spanish Presidio. In the front section of the building, excavations have uncovered adobe walls dating from the 1790's.