CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Natural History: This bird feeds on fish by pursuing them and diving into the water, but it also eats invertebrates. It is commonly found resting on water. This species nests colonies from May to August. It breeds in large expanses of water with nest platforms often floating in emergent vegetation. It can often be found in mixed flocks with Clark's Grebe.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in bays and the ocean.
Frequency: This animal is abundantly found during the fall, winter, and spring months.
Identifying Characteristics: This species is distinguished by its long, white, swanlike neck. It displays a dark/black plumage on its upper side and is white below.
Did You Know?
In 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.