Snowy Plovers of Malibu Lagoon – The Beginning

SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG

The following seven-part article, written in August, 2012,
first appeared on Malibu Patch, a local blogsite.
It focused on the Snowy Plover winter roosting colony
on Surfrider Beach, adjacent to Malibu Lagoon.

We reprint it now to reacquaint our readers with the local history of these birds, because for the first time in over seventy years,
Snowy Plovers have again nested on Los Angeles County beaches.

Part I – The Birds Themselves
Few people know it, but some very rare birds live on Surfrider Beach. They spend most of their time resting in little hollows in the sand, like the ones your heel makes. Countless people saunter through their flock, never noticing them until they scurry away from underfoot.

Western Snowy Plover adult pair on Surfrider Beach (J. Kenney 3/26/10)

Western Snowy Plovers are small, even for a bird, only 6 ¼” long, much smaller than your foot. Their…

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