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California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover Program

Presented by: Jeanette Boylan, Ph.D, Conservation Program Manager;
Emily Rice, Research Coordinator;
Katrina Murbock, Research Coordinator, California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover Program,
San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research

The development of the majority of California’s coastline has led to the decline of species that depend on the coastal dune habitat. Two of these species are the endangered California least tern Sternula antillarum browni and the threatened western snowy plover Charadrius nivosus nivosus

Both of these species lay their cryptic eggs in shallow nest scrapes on the dunes. These nests and eggs can be easily destroyed by inattentive humans or other anthropogenic influences. 

Naval Base Coronado and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton are two locations where these species are still successfully breeding. San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research has teamed up with these bases to protect and study the species. 

The primary goal of this project is to monitor the terns and plovers to determine breeding success.  Additionally, we are undertaking several new research projects to obtain a better understanding of the life history of the species as part of a scientific adaptive management approach to help manage and conserve these species. 

This and all other lectures in the Seminar Series will be held at the Beckman Center Meeting Room, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (next to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido) unless otherwise noted.

Address to the Beckman Center: 15600 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027.


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