The California Coastal National Monument offshore rocks are home to many nesting and migrating shorebirds. One of the most unusual is the Black Oystercatcher. In 2011, Audubon California in conjunction with Mendocino Coast Audubon (MCAS) and California State Parks enlisted volunteers to count and map existing Black Oystercatcher (BLOY) nests along the Mendocino Coast. This partnership continues in mid-May as 20 MCAS volunteers in teams of 2-3 begin weekly survey visits to nine pre-assigned survey areas. The majority of the sites are in or around local state parks. The rocky islands, some tiny, are filled with communities of nesting birds. These island-towns are home to lots of birds, with interesting and sometimes furious interaction between the birds. Mostly though, the birds coexisted and go about nesting and rearing their young.
If you see survey volunteers stop and ask what they’re peering at through binoculars and spotting scopes. They welcome the chance to tell you about and show you the BLOY and their young. You will leave with a new found awareness of the “rocks” you see through their spotting scope and the world that exists on the CCNM islands.
Best Time for Viewing: Morning and Late Afternoon
Best Months and Seasons for Viewing: All
For More Information, Contact:
Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
P.O. Box 2297, Fort Bragg, CA 95437