As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

A First in 73 Years: Endangered Birds Nesting Again at Malibu Lagoon by Clarissa Wei

The revitalization efforts over at Malibu Lagoon seem to be paying off. A colony of endangered birds, the California least tern, have been documented nesting at the beach, a first for the state park in 73 years.

The terns are migratory seabirds that breed primarily along the California coast, but their population has declined as habitat was lost to development and recreational spots, as well as predation by other animals, native and non-native alike. In Los Angeles County, only two other nesting sites exist: Venice Beach and the Port of L.A.

California State Parks staff will be monitoring the nesting site and keeping beachgoers out of the fenced exclosure that has been set up to protect the birds. Particular attention will be paid to keeping all dogs off the beach because the nests are extremely vulnerable to trampling and predation.

The presence of the birds come nearly a month after the public unveiling of the new lagoon, an $8 million effort that has attracted lawsuits and angry protests. The 31-acre bay sits at the end of Malibu Creek at Malibu's Surfrider Beach, which gets about 1.5 million visitors a year.

Read more about Malibu Lagoon at KCET Departures.

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