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Conservation Programs

Our conservation efforts support the chapter's mission to appreciate native birds and conserve and restore bird habitats. To monitor conservation progress, members have participated in citizen science and assisted in professional research projects for more than forty years. Member Dorothy Tobkin was the Mendocino Coast contributor to Important Bird Areas of California, by Daniel S. Cooper, Audubon California, 2004

National Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Manchester, California (since 1974)
Christmas Bird Count in the Fort Bragg area (since 2011)

Information from both counts is entered into the U.S. database maintained by the National Audubon Society since 1900.

Other research projects supported by MCAS include:
Point Cabrillo Light Station Breeding Bird Surveys (since 1995)
Big River Surveys in Mendocino Headlands State Park (since 2005)
Save Our Shorebirds in Mackerricher State Park (since 2007)
Black Oystercatcher Breeding Surveys along the Mendocino County Coast (since 2011)
Ongoing multi-agency monitoring of Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants along the Pacific Coast