California Coast Ecosystem
If there is an enduring image of California in the minds of most Americans it is probably the coast, that dramatic meeting of land and water on North America's western edge. Whether fringed by palm trees, cypress forests, or shaggy conifers, the California coast is an iconic American landscape. A world-renowned vacation and recreation destination, the California coast also provides essential habitat to hundreds of animals, including threatened species like the Western snowy plover, a small shorebird that nests along the shores, peninsulas, bays, islands, and estuaries of the Pacific coast. Read more.
Western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus)