In the winter of 2008, SFBBO participated in a comprehensive survey of the San Francisco estuary to replicate censuses conducted in the 1980s and 1990s as part of the Pacific Flyway Project. This survey provided data for assessment, management, and conservation of wintering shorebird populations. This survey was then used to establish an annual San Francisco Bay Shorebird Survey beginning in 2010.
The San Francisco Bay Shorebird Survey is a coordinated, multi-partner monitoring program to assess annual shorebird population changes. Many North American shorebird species are thought to be in decline and the influence that changing wetland habitats (specifically in the San Francisco Bay) have on these populations is not well understood. SFBBO biologists and citizen scientists survey 43 sites across the South San Francisco Bay and provide data to the broader Bay region. Data from this survey provides guidance to managers on what shorebird species are at greatest risk and what habitats they most rely upon. This survey also contributes to larger shorebird monitoring efforts in the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey and Migratory Shorebird Project.
Point Blue Conservation Science
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Shorebird Census Report, 1990-2008(pdf)
2008 Shorebird Census Report (pdf)