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Welcome to the Seabird Protection Network - Point Sur to Point Mugu

A flock of Brandt's Cormorants over the ocean, photo courtesy Ron LeValley USFWS

A flock of Brandt's Cormorants over the ocean

Please join us on our mission to protect, monitor, interpret, restore and enjoy the seabird populations from Point Sur in southern Monterey County to Point Mugu at the southern end of Ventura County.

The Seabird Protection Network - Pt. Sur to Pt. Mugu is a collaborative project that brings together the public, scientists, community groups, businesses, interpreters, law enforcement officers, non-profit groups such as Point Blue Conservation Science, and agencies including California State Parks, California Department of Fish and Game, the Department of Defense Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management. This collaboration is created to more effectively understand, manage, and protect the seabirds that rest and roost along the South Central Coast of California. To learn more about the Seabird Protection Network - Pt. Sur to Pt. Mugu visit our "About the Seabird Protection Network" and "Torch / Platform Irene Oil Spill" web pages.

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If you witness disturbance or harassment to these protected animals, report the incident to the Network:

Report A Disturbance

What Kind of Disturbances Threaten Seabirds?

Black Oystercatchers, photo courtesy Ron LeValley USFWS

There are numerous threats to seabirds and the need for protection continues to increase. People unwittingly or accidentally disturb seabirds, particularly at their nesting colonies or roosting sites. These disturbances come from a variety of sources in the coastal zone: economic uses, recreational uses, national security, or threats to human safety. Loud noises, excessive light, toxic chemicals, and pets are all examples of disturbances that can threaten the breeding success of seabirds and create undue stress on the seabirds themselves.

State and federal laws such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 protect seabirds and other marine life from disturbance and harassment. Being aware of wildlife around you is the key to preventing disturbance. Breeding and roosting seabird species, particularly those that nest or roost on cliffs or offshore rocks are highly susceptible to human disturbances. To learn more about how you can protect seabirds visit our "Tips for Seabird Protection" webpage.

Who is Taking the Lead on the Network in this Region?

Western Gulls with chicks, photo courtesy Ron LeValley USFWSThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is taking the lead in overseeing the Seabird Protection Network from Pt. Sur in southern Monterey County to Pt. Mugu at the southern end of Ventura County. This collaborative project includes partners in management of the BLM California Coastal National Monument, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California State Parks, and Point Blue Conservation Science.



How Can You Get Involved?

Pigeon Guillemots, photo courtesy Ron LeValley USFWSPlease join us on this mission to protect and understand seabirds. Sign up to receive email alerts regarding special field trips and events, and to learn more about the SPN. Businesses that wish to support the SPN can request posters and brochures to have available to the public and interested visitors. Kids and teachers can also request posters and brochures.

Learn about the "Very Important Populations" (VIPs) in the Seabird Protection Network - Pt. Sur to Pt. Mugu.

Test your knowledge with our Seabird Challenge Quiz and then take the Seabird Safe Pledge.


For further information about the Seabird Protection Network - Pt. Sur to Pt. Mugu please contact:

Dr. Michael F. Westphal, Biological and Human Disturbance Monitoring Lead

Dan Robinette, Principal Field Investigator, Biological and Human Disturbance Monitoring

Cara O'Brien, Outreach and Environmental Education Lead


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940 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA 93933-6009
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