San Mateo County, California
Plovers in a Changing Environment
Speaker: Karine Tokatlian, Manager SFBBO Plover Program
June 8, 2017
Western snowy plovers in the south San Francisco Bay nest on former salt evaporation ponds, and since 2003, the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory has monitored these cryptic, federally threatened shorebirds. Unfortunately their population continues to struggle in the South Bay with mounting predator pressure and habitat loss due to tidal marsh restoration. The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is investigating the method of using oyster shell habitat enhancement to maximize breeding success in the wake of their changing environment.
Karine Tokatlian manages the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's Plover Program and oversees plover-related research and monitoring activities. Karine has a B.S. in Field and Wildlife Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is currently working toward an M.S. in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University. She has nine years of professional experience monitoring protected breeding bird populations along the California coast, including the Western Snowy Plover and California Least Tern. As a California native, Karine has a profound respect for the conservation of coastal and bay ecosystems and is grateful for the opportunity to nurture her interests through the efforts of the Bird Observatory.
Snowy Plover nest
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