Among the many offshore rocks of the Trinidad coastline are five identified as significant between Elk Head and Little River State Beach, centered on the town of Trinidad. These include (north to south) White Rock, Green Rock, Flatiron Rock, the Trinidad Bay Rocks and Little River Rock, along with a handful down the shoreline.
These rocks support one of the most diverse seabird nesting colonies in California, including one of the few California colonies of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel and small numbers of
Tufted Puffin, as well nearly 10,000 Leach’s Storm-Petrel (2/3 of California’s
population) and over 30,000 Common Murre.
Just ashore of these rocks, Little River State Beach has recently supported small numbers of breeding Snowy Plover.
Contact the Redwood Region Audubon Society for more information about access and tour opportunities in this area. For additional scientific information about the wealth of this area visit: http://www.ca.audubon.org/maps/pdf/Trinidad_Rocks.pdf
Audubon California has listed these sites as part of an international effort. Nominated by local experts, the sites are selected according to strict criteria:
– Support over 1% of the global or 10% of the state population of one or more sensitive species
– Support more than nine sensitive bird species
– 10,000 or more observable shorebirds in one day
– 5,000 or more observable waterfowl in one day
For More Information, Contact:
Redwood Region Audubon Society
PO Box 1054, Eureka, CA 95502-1054