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    Love Shorebirds? Support Our Animal Care Center

    We're expanding our Animal Care Center to better meet the needs of shorebirds at the Aquarium and in the wild.

Watch our Aviary Cam carefully—you never know who'll stroll by.

Marvel at the long legs of our black-necked stilts or spot the tiny western snowy plovers that blend into the sand.

Look for leg bands on our birds, which help us identify them in our Aviary. Each bird has its own history—most came here injured and can't live in the wild.

Don't Miss

Fresh Feathers for Spring!

Our red phalarope has traded its dull, drab winter hues for brighter, richer breeding season colors. Our Aviary volunteers can point it out, plus other shorebirds in spring bloom, including the black-bellied plover, American avocet and red knot.

Take a Virtual Tour of Our Aviary

Want a preview of our Aviary and other exhibits? Now you can get one with Google Maps Street View. With just a few clicks you can go on a virtual Aquarium visit and stroll inside through our exhibit galleries or outside on our decks—all from the comfort of your computer.

Saving Snowy Plovers

The Aquarium works hard to make a difference in the threatened western snowy plover population. As one of the main rehabilitation sites for shorebirds in northern California, we rescue injured adults, injured chicks and abandoned eggs.

View Our Sandy Shore & Aviary Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.