Snowy Plover - Monterey Bay


Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover, Salinas River State Beach. Salinas River State Beach is located just outside Salinas, California. Flanked by dunes on one side and the Monterey Bay on the other, it is a perfect location to try and spot Snowy Plovers, a small, elusive, and threatened species.

Many of the Snowy Plovers found along this long stretch of beach are banded by researchers, and one can obtain information about each Plover by reporting the band colors to the California Audubon Society. This particular bird was banded as a chick a year earlier, however other Plover's we spotted include one banded as a chick in 2011 and raised at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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