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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Surfbird

(Aphriza virgata)
 
Surfbird
A Surfbird similar to to those found at the Presidio.
USGS Photograph
 

Natural History: The Surfbird sustains itself by feeding on marine invertebrates. It roosts away from high tide. It breeds in alpine tundra habitats.

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

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

Identifying Characteristics: The Surfbird is a dark-gray shorebird that has a broad black band on a white tail.

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Did You Know?

Panama-Pacific Exposition at night

Held to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition drew thousands of visitors to today's Marina district and Presidio bayfront.