A yearly snapshot of Project milestones and assessment of progress toward meeting restoration, public access and flood management goals
Breeding Waterbird Populations Have Declined in South San Francisco Bay: An Assessment Over Two Decades
In south San Francisco Bay, former salt ponds now managed as wildlife habitat support large populations of breeding waterbirds. In 2006, the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project began the process of converting 50% to 90% of these managed pond habitats into tidal marsh.
Mercury contamination and stable isotopes reveal variability in foraging ecology of generalist California gulls
Gull populations can severely limit the productivity of waterbirds. Relocating gull colonies may reduce their effects on nearby breeding waterbirds, but there are few examples of this management strategy.
Impact of Salt Ponds Restoration on California Gull Displacement and Predation on Breeding Waterbirds
The California Gull (Larus californicus) population in the South San Francisco Bay has increased from fewer to 200 breeding Gulls in 1982, to a peak of 52,172 in 2012. Specific to this study there were 46,030 breeding Gulls in 2010 and 37,716 breeding Gulls in 2011.
Impact of Salt Pond Restoration on California Gull Displacement and Predation on Breeding Waterbirds - Annual Report 2010
Our objectives are to determine the impact of gulls on breeding snowy plovers and Forster’s terns.; Color-mark California gulls at A6 to determine potential nesting distributions after restoration of A6.; Continue our California gull colony surveys to document current population size.
California Gull Distribution, Abundance, and Predation on Waterbird Eggs and Chicks in South San Francisco Bay
We examined the distribution and abundance of California Gulls throughout the South Bay salt ponds and associated landfills and determined their impact on the reproductive success of American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts.