To bring about a realization of the interdependence of all living things and to protect aquatic life from the negative impacts of pollution.


  • The invisible zone of aquatic wildlife is the splash zone. This is the sprayed dry surface above the high tide line. You discover surfbirds, wandering tattlers, shore birds, gulls, rock louse, and more.

  • At the high intertidal zone, where most exposure of the day is, you find periwinkles and acorn barnacles.

  • The short period of exposure daily is the middle intertidal zone, and you find sea palms, sea stars, limpets and mussels.

  • The lowest tide exposed is called the low intertidal zone. At this level, the plants get some sunshine but they are wet most of the day. You find seaweeds, surf grasses, sea urchins, anemones, planktons, and organic fragments.

  • The lowest zone is the sub-tidal zone that is never exposed to air. Here you discover beautiful nudibranches.

  • Above the water are sea cliffs that give habitat for seabirds, such as tufted puffins, double crested cormorants, pelagic cormorants, Brandt’s cormorants, Cassin’s auklets, pigeon gillermots, and ashy storm petrels.

  • Wetlands are composed of salt marshes. The dominant plants are nonwoody types, such as cordgrasses, eelgrasses, pickleweeds, birds, animals, shorebirds, great blue heron, black crowned night heron, great egret, snowy egret, ducks, American coots, and ghost shrimps.

  • Lakes contain a variety of animals, such as canvasbacks, buffleheads, lesser scaups, ospreys, bald eagles, fishes, and grebes.

  • Freshwater marshes do not have trees but cattails, tules, and rushes feel comfortable in this habitat. You find damsel flies, dragon flies, frogs, crayfish, insects, muskrats, pied-billed grebes, eared grebes, geese, and ducks.

  • Rivers contain plants, such as willows, cottonwoods, red alders, big leaf maples, and western azaleas. You find insects, animals, birds, tiger salamanders, California newts, Pacific tree frogs, admiral butterflies, tiger swallowtail butterflies and red-shouldered hawks.

  • Oceans have dolphins, whales (humpback, gray, blue) sharks, diversity of fishes, and many types of birds.

Brandt's Cormorants (Phalacrocorax penicillatus).
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis). 8
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis).
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps).
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) in winter.
Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) 559
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) in winter.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus).
Common Loon (Gavia immer) in winter. on
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica).
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor).
Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). oose
Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus).
Brant (Branta bernicla).
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa).
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), female.
American Wigeon couple (Anas americana).
American Wigeon(Anas americana).
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope).
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Gadwall (Anas strepera), female.
Blue-winged Teals (Anas discors).
Blue-winged Teals (Anas discors).
Cinnamon Teals (Anas cyanoptera).
Cinnamon Teals (Anas cyanoptera) with Mallard (Anas platyrhyncos)
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca).
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).
Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos).
Northern Shoveler couple (Anas clypeata).
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta).
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula).
Lesser Scaups (Aythya affinis).
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris).
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina.
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria). ale
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria), female.
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola).
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola).
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis).
Ruddy Ducks (Oxyura jamaicensis) in winter.
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus). anser
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator).
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) females.
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata), male.
American Coot (Fulica americana).
American Coot (Fulica americana).
American Coot (Fulica americana), juvenile.
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus).
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula).
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) juvenile.
Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) adult and juvenile.
American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos).
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) in breeding season.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) in breeding season.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret (Ardea alba) egret
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Green Heron (Butorides virescens).
Green Heron (Butorides virescens).
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Glossy Ibises (Plegadis falcinellus)
Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) is
Flamingos (Phoenicopterus sp.)
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani)
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana)
Willets (Tringa semipalmata)
Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) with Willet (Tringa semipalmata)
Sanderlings (Calidris alba)
Rock Sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis)
Surfbird (Aphriza virgata)
Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus) with ducks
Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus) ng-billed-dowitchers
Wilson's Phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor)
Heermann's Gulls (Larus heermanni)
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) ern_2
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)
Common Murres (Uria aalge) with Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus)
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)