Snowy on Sand
The western snowy plover is a small, white North American plover that wears two black patches on its shoulders. This little shorebird nests in shallow nooks in the sand, even human footprints—making it vulnerable to predators and unaware beachgoers. Plover nesting areas are destroyed as a result of human disturbance, predation by animals and inclement weather.
The Aquarium is one of the main rehabilitation sites for shorebirds in northern California, and is working hard to make a difference to this threatened plover population. We help rescue and rehabilitate birds in distress and eggs that have been abandoned for release back to the wild. You can make help by keeping your dog on a leash on beaches during snowy plover breeding season and staying out of areas that are blocked off as bird nesting sites.