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.
Did You Know?
Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.