A flock of about 60 Sanderlings—small shorebirds—fly in a group above a crashing wave.

Coasts and Oceans

Protecting birds and people on our coasts.
Sanderlings winter all over the world. Photo: Matthew Reitinger/Audubon Photography Awards

Coastal birds are in crisis.

Threatened by climate change, development, overfishing, and pollution, seabird populations around the world have decreased by 70 percent since 1950. In North America alone, shorebird populations have decreased by 70 percent since 1973. Through our Coasts strategy, Audubon is working to reverse this crisis in multiple ways.

Decline in seabirds globally since 1950
Decline in North American shorebirds since 1973
Years of Atlantic Puffin conservation

How We Work, Where We Work

In order to address and reverse the drastic global decline of marine and coastal birds and build resilient coastlines, we work in specific ways to achieve the most impact.

The National Audubon Society launched Project Puffin in 1973 in an effort to learn how to restore puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine.

Now known as Audubon’s Seabird Institute, we work to share restoration methods that benefit rare and endangered seabirds worldwide. Through active restoration on seven seabird colonies in the Gulf of Maine, we listen and amplify what seabirds tell us about climate change, forage fish management, proposed offshore wind development, and other ocean conservation challenges.

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Our Experts

Julie Hill-Gabriel

Vice President, Water Conservation & Interim Vice President, Coastal Conservation

Brian Moore

Vice President, Coastal Policy

Bethany Carl Kraft

Senior Director, Coastal Conservation

Kara Fox

Director, Gulf Coast Restoration

Don Lyons

Director, Conservation Science of Audubon's Seabird Institute

Portia Mastin

Policy Manager, Coastal Conservation

Romaric (Remy) Moncrieffe

Policy Manager, Marine Conservation

Rachel Guillory

Coastal Communications Manager

Birds That Depend on Our Coasts
! Priority Bird
Least Tern
Gulls and Terns
! Priority Bird
Piping Plover
! Priority Bird
American Oystercatcher
! Priority Bird
Brown Pelican
! Priority Bird
Black Oystercatcher
! Priority Bird
Black Skimmer
Gulls and Terns
Atlantic Puffin
Auks, Murres, Puffins
! Priority Bird
Snowy Plover
! Priority Bird
Red Knot
! Priority Bird
Reddish Egret
Herons, Egrets, Bitterns
Tufted Puffin
Auks, Murres, Puffins