Conservation

Sharing Our Seas & Shores

Black Skimmers. Photo: Venu Challa/Audubon Photography Awards

Coastal areas have unique importance for many species of birds, offering breeding sites as well as rich sources of food for migratory stopovers. Oceans also support a large number of seafaring birds that depend on healthy waters for feeding and safe islands for nesting.

The Threat

Booming coastal development and recreational use of beaches are rapidly eroding vital habitat for birds and other wildlife. Overfishing threatens the food supply for birds—and, in the long term, for people, too. Sea-level rise jeopardizes nesting habitat on beaches and islands at the same time that it puts coastal communities at risk. Beaches are critical nesting and migratory habitat for many species, including Piping Plovers, Snowy Plovers, Least Terns, and American Oystercatchers.

Audubon’s Solution

Audubon is committed to protecting the vital habitat along America’s coasts where people and birds intersect.

Shores: Audubon’s beach stewardship program enlists local communities to steer beachgoers away from the most important nesting sites. We also empower members and friends to become a strong voice for responsible coastal management practices. By using sound science, including predictive modeling, we can begin to explore potential habitat impacts from sea-level rise. This is a vital step toward developing strategies to mitigate and offset habitat loss for coastal birds.

Seas: Marine Important Bird Areas hold great promise for stabilizing declining populations of seabirds, including Ashy Storm-Petrels, Kittlitz’s Murrelets, and Roseate Terns. Expanding the IBA program to encompass and study vital ocean sites will provide a foundation for Audubon’s development and promotion of much-needed regulation of overfishing and other threats to ocean birds and wildlife.

 

Seas & Shores Projects

Saving Seabirds

Saving Seabirds

Audubon takes effective action to stabilize and increase populations of at-risk species up and down the Pacific Coast

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Project Puffin

Project Puffin

Project Puffin improves seabird nesting outcomes, helping those populations to return from the brink

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Coastal Stewardship: Atlantic & Pacific

Coastal Stewardship: Atlantic & Pacific

Protecting shorebirds in habitats especially vulnerable to development and climate threats

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Coastal Stewardship: Gulf

Coastal Stewardship: Gulf

Restoring vital coastal wetlands for colonial and beach-nesting birds

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Seas & Shores News

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Hits the Coast
Seas & Shores

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Hits the Coast

The tens of thousands of gallons of crude leaked into the Pacific could be devastating to the ecosystem and surrounding wildlife.

Seattle Mayor Shuts Out Shell
Conservation

Seattle Mayor Shuts Out Shell

The oil company wants to use a Seattle port to dock its oil tanks, but the Emerald City is closing its doors.

Shell Gains Approval to Drill in the Arctic
Conservation

Shell Gains Approval to Drill in the Arctic

The oil company could begin exploratory drilling as early as this summer.

Press Room

President Obama Approves Arctic Drilling Permit for Shell

“This is just cynical partisan politics … it’s a phony deal,” says Audubon CEO David Yarnold

Seas & Shores

Why Drilling the Chukchi is a Bad Idea

In a letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Audubon Alaska and partners ask BOEM to reconsider allowing Shell to drill in the Chukchi Sea.