The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (the Project) is a 15,000-acre San Francisco Bay wetland restoration project managed by the State Coastal Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Experimental Study of Shorebird Response to New Trail Use in the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
A major focus of the Project’s first phase is to develop a number of new trails and amenities, such as overlooks and interpretive displays, and to enhance some existing trails.
This study assessed how waterfowl at new and existing trail sites in the South San Francisco Bay respond to trail use. One primary research approach we employed was to compare the number of birds before experimental trail walks to the number after at each pond site.
Report on Nesting Snowy Plover Response to New Trail Use in the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
This study addresses these questions: What is the flush rate and flush distance of nesting snowy plovers in response to new trail use around seasonally-dry ponds where birds nest? Do plovers respond differently to people who have disturbed them versus people they have not seen before?