Baja California Seabirds Get a Boost from MSRP Restoration Funds

MSRP and the Luckenbach Trustee Councils combined resources to support a $4M five year program restoring seabird habitat on several Baja California Pacific Islands. Many seabirds cross international borders for nesting and feeding grounds.  Seabird species such as the California Brown Pelican, Cassin’s Auklet, Ashy Storm-Petrel, and Xantus’s Murrelet nest on the Baja California Pacific Islands. These seabirds face threats from non-native species; nest and burrow destruction in high use areas; and disturbances from lights and other man-made structures.

Organizations from the U.S. and Mexico, including the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Grupo de Ecologia y Conservacion de Islas, and the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, are partnering to implement this restoration program. The restoration partners will conduct habitat restoration, reduce human disturbance and artificial light, and support environmental education in surrounding communities. To increase nesting seabird populations on the islands, scientists will use decoys, mirrors, and broadcast calls and songs to attract seabirds and construct artificial nests to improve nesting opportunities.

The partnership will begin work in January 2012 on Coronado, Todos Santos, San Martin, San Jeronimo, Natividad, Asuncion, and San Roque Islands which are located in the northwestern portion of Mexico, off of the Pacific coast of the Baja California peninsula. These islands support a diverse group of breeding seabirds and are known for high levels of biological diversity.

Read more about MSRP Seabird Restoration Projects