Seabird Conservation on an Island Refuge
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Project DescriptionOne of only a handful of islands off the California coast, Año Nuevo Island is critical breeding habitat for seven seabird and four marine mammal species.
A team of ecologists, habitat restoration experts, artists, designers, and government agencies are working together to restore degraded habitat for nesting seabirds. In addition, Oikonos and partners are continuing the impressive 18 year program to monitor the health of breeding seabirds on the Reserve and their oceanic environment.
About Rhinoceros AukletsThe seabird most affected by habitat degradation on the island is a burrow-nesting seabird, the Rhinoceros Auklets (Cerorhinca monocerata).Rhinoceros Auklets are listed as a California Bird Species of Special Concern due to their small population, high concentration in a restricted range, vulnerable habitat, and ongoing mortality from oil contamination. They are also listed as a species of high priority management need by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The last population estimate of Rhinoceros Auklets in California was roughly 1,700 breeding individuals concentrated at only three main colonies in the state. The importance of this colony to our understanding and conservation of this species lies in the fact that this it is one of very few colonies in the eastern Pacific where population dynamics can be quantified. Additionally, being at the southern edge of their range, responses to climate change and other pressures are more measurable.
Photo: Frank Balthis
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Project Needs - Interested in helping?In 2011, the project needs financial assistance, donated field supplies, and volunteers. Your donations will go directly to habitat restoration, nest modules, or in any way you choose..