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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Snowy Plover

(Charadrius alexandrinus)
Snowy Plover
Snowy plover at Crissy Field. Colored leg bands allow tracking without capture.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The Snowy Plover forages at sand beach wash zones by running and pecking to scare up small invertebrates and fish. May be loosely colonial.

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

Frequency: This species is rare in the winter, spring and fall. It is absent in the summer. The Pacific Coast population of this species is federally listed as endangered.

Identifying Characteristics: The Snowy Plover is a small shorebird with a short bicolor beak (except in winter when it is all dark), pale gray above and white below with a dark band on the sides of the neck.

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Did You Know?

Jerry Garica was a founding member of the Grateful Dead.

A young Jerry Garcia was stationed at the Presidio during his brief service in the U.S. Army. Over the course of his nine-month career, Garcia went AWOL eight times and received two court-martials.