California State Parks and Recreation is working with a team of ecologists, habitat restoration experts, artists, and designers to restore degraded habitat for nesting seabirds on Año Nuevo Island. In addition, partners are continuing the impressive 22 year program to monitor the health of breeding seabirds on the Reserve and their oceanic environment. Meet Key Partners
Restoration will primarily benefit the Rhinoceros Auklet, an impressive diving seabird related to puffins. This seabird has fancy facial plumes, a bright orange bill, and strong legs for digging underground burrows. Rhinoceros Auklets have been injured by numerous oil spills off central California. The current breeding population estimates are below 3,000 birds in California where they are listed as a Species of Special Concern. In 2002, a collaborative effort was initiated to mitigate the damage to auklets by improving nesting habitat quality. Now, with support from the Luckenbach Oil Spill Trustees, we conducted the full-scale restoration plan and incorporated lessons learned from pilot studies.
Video Produced by Lloyd Fales and Edited by Swell Pictures