News Release

For Release:  October 17, 2007                                                          
Contact:  Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email: srazo@ca.blm.gov
CA-CDD-08-04

Laguna Beach Coastal Area to Undergo Waterbird Survey

The Laguna Ocean Foundation (LOF), in conjunction with the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) and the Point Reyes Bird Observatory Conservation Science (PRBO), has initiated a waterbird survey of the Laguna Beach coast and near-shore environment. This project is the result of extensive discussions among all three participating organizations to develop a process that will be instrumental toward conserving shorebird habitats along the Laguna coast and within the California Coastal National Monument.
 
“The purpose of this research is to produce a scientifically rigorous data base of waterbird use of coastal and near-shore habitats in Laguna Beach, California,” stated Ed Almanza of LOF.   The study will focus on waterbirds and species associated with off-shore rocks and shoreline habitats.”
 
Data derived from field observations over a one-year period will have immediate relevance to already ongoing resource management programs. For example, the California Coastal National Monument, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), includes conservation of wildlife habitat among its principal objectives. Working with the BLM, the LOF has undertaken the task of performing an inventory of offshore rocks along the coast of Laguna Beach to ascertain their value as habitat for waterbirds.
 
The habitats inventory, along with the inventory of offshore rocks and shorebirds inventory, will be used to develop management strategies to enhance resource conservation programs.
 
Following completion of data collection activities in the field, data analysis and a technical report will follow. “The report will focus on the number and species of waterbirds observed along the coast along with their habitat use and preferences,” adds Almanza. 
 
According to Greg Thomsen, CCNM southern California coordinator, the BLM works with a wide variety of partners to protect this unique part of the public lands and the fragile ecosystems of this coastal treasure.
 
The California Coastal National Monument consists of a network of more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles that provide a haven for animals and plants along the 1,100 miles of the California coast. 
 
For further information, contact Ed Almanza at (949) 499-9703; or Greg Thomsen at (951) 697-5237.
 

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