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Watch our aviary cam carefully—you never know who'll stroll by.

Marvel at the long legs of our black-necked stilt or spot the tiny western snowy plovers that blend into the sand.

Look for leg bands on our birds, which help us identify them. Each bird has its own history—most came here injured and can't live in the wild.

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Saving Snowy Plovers

The Aquarium works hard to make a difference in the threatened western snowy plover population. As one of the main rehabilitation sites for shorebirds in northern California, we rescue injured adults, injured chicks and abandoned eggs.

You'll Flip for the Flapjack Octopus

This deep-sea species is rarely observed, but you can see it now in our new Tentacles special exhibition! We use a red light to display this species—since the octopus can’t see red light, it thinks it’s in the darkness of the deep sea, its natural environment. It was collected by our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and is just one of the dozen species of octopuses and kin we have on exhibit.

Save on Aquarium Tickets with CityPASS

Are you visiting the Aquarium and also touring the San Francisco area? Purchase a San Francisco CityPASS ticket booklet and save on Aquarium admission, plus four more top Bay Area attractions. 

View Our Sandy Shore & Aviary Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.