The San Francisco Bay Area Network contains an extensive assortment of bird habitat that spans the entire central California Coast. Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore encompass 160,000 acres of wild areas and diverse habitats, enabling the parks to host a wide array of landbirds – 129 species in total. Pinnacles National Park also contains large areas of undisturbed chaparral, woodlands, and riparian corridors that provide critical habitat for 180 species of central coast birds.
Long-term MonitoringMonitoring songbirds and their close relatives (e.g. woodpeckers and hummingbirds) can indicate important changes to habitats. They are also relatively easy to monitor and are therefore well suited for community-level (multi-species) surveys. Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore have a long history of landbird monitoring through a partnership with Point Blue Conservation Science, with some sites surveyed since the mid-1960s.
Last updated: June 18, 2018