Plants and Animals
The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy is constantly maintaining a habitat that will allow the native plants and birds in our community to find a safe and bountiful refuge. To that end, we vigilantly remove non-native plants that are destructive, and conduct regular bird surveys to determine the population of birds that frequent the Wetlands. One of our largest bird counts was in the Spring of 2016, a summary of which can be found below.
HBWC SUMMARY OF THE ORANGE COUNTY SPRING BIRD COUNT (OCSC) AKA INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD COUNT (IMBC), MAY 15, 2016
The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy participates in the OCSC and IMBC each year. Collecting sightings on birds provides data on the status and distribution of birds in Orange County, the state and the world.
Volunteers were given sites to count all the birds they could see and hear on May 15. The data was gathered by our local Sea and Sage Audubon chapter and sent to the eBird's data base of Cornell University.
"A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. eBird's goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence. For example, in May 2015, participants reported more than 9.5 million bird observations across the world!
The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. eBird then shares these observations with a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists. In time these data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond."
All 4 marshes along with birds seen in the channel have been recorded in eBird for the International Migratory Bird Count.
52 species total were seen during the survey on Sunday, May 15.
Here is a brief summary of some highlights:Talbert Marsh
- Bonaparte's Gull
- Glaucous-winged Gull
- 285 Elegant Terns
- 9 Belding's Savannah Sparrows- may have been more but they couldn't hear them with PCH traffic
- 4 Least Terns
- Red-breasted Merganser
- Ridgeway's Rail- with photos
- Least Tern
- 30 Belding's
- Herring Gull
- Least Tern
- Long-billed Curlew
- American Kestrel
- Red-tailed Hawk
- 11 Belding's
- Red-winged Blackbird
- 32 Belding's
- 1 Ridgeway's Rail
- 21 Least Terns
- 77 Belding's Savannah Sparrows