Last updated: August 1, 2014
Western Snowy Plover Photo Gallery
Snowy plovers look for flat, sandy beaches and dunes with little vegetation.
Channel Islands National Park is one of the few locations in southern California that still supports breeding and wintering populations of western snowy plovers.
Snowy plovers prefer coastal nesting habitats are sand spits, dune-backed beaches, unvegetated beach strands, open areas around estuaries, and beaches at river mouths.
The nesting season extends from early March through September, with peak nesting occurring from mid-April through mid-August. Chicks reach fledging age about one month after hatching.