The Critical Role of Islands for Waterbird Breeding and Foraging Habitat in Managed Ponds of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, South San Francisco Bay, California

The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project aims to restore 50–90 percent of former salt evaporation ponds into tidal marsh in South San Francisco Bay, California. However, large numbers of waterbirds use these ponds annually as nesting and foraging habitat.

Effects of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (San Francisco Bay, California) on Mud Flats and their Carrying Capacity for Small Shorebirds

We determined that the intertidal mud flat study site was already at carrying capacity for small shorebirds during spring migration. In fact, additional foraging resources in the region were critical during this period to maintain existing numbers of small shorebirds.