A flock of about 60 Sanderlings鈥攕mall shorebirds鈥攆ly in a group above a crashing wave.

Coasts and Oceans

Protecting birds and people on our coasts.
Sanderlings winter all over the world. Photo: Matthew Reitinger/探花精选 Photography Awards

Coastal birds are in crisis.

Threatened by climate change, development, overfishing, and pollution, seabird populations around the world have decreased by 70 percent since 1950. In North America alone, shorebird populations have decreased by 70 percent since 1973. Through our Coasts strategy, 探花精选 is working to reverse this crisis in multiple ways.

70%
Decline in seabirds globally since 1950
70%
Decline in North American shorebirds since 1973
50
Years of Atlantic Puffin conservation
Building Anew Along the Shores of San Diego County
Building Anew Along the Shores of San Diego County

Local chapters, universities, Indigenous groups, and 探花精选 California collaborate to revitalize a shoreline that has long been left to the depredations of industrial action.

Welcome to the Island Where Egrets Rule
Welcome to the Island Where Egrets Rule

A century ago, 探花精选 Texas made a commitment to protecting birds along the Texas coast. They started here.

How We Work, Where We Work

In order to address and reverse the drastic global decline of marine and coastal birds and build resilient coastlines, we work in specific ways to achieve the most impact.

The 探花精选 launched聽聽in 1973 in an effort to learn how to restore puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine.

Now known as聽探花精选鈥檚 Seabird Institute, we work to share restoration methods that benefit rare and endangered seabirds worldwide. Through active restoration on seven seabird colonies in the Gulf of Maine, we listen and amplify what seabirds tell us about climate change, forage fish management, proposed offshore wind development, and other ocean conservation challenges.

Our Experts

Julie Hill-Gabriel

Vice President, Water Conservation & Interim Vice President, Coastal Conservation

Brian Moore

Vice President, Coastal Policy

Bethany Carl Kraft

Senior Director, Coastal Conservation

Kara Fox

Director, Gulf Coast Restoration

Don Lyons

Director, Conservation Science of 探花精选's Seabird Institute

Portia Mastin

Policy Manager, Coastal Conservation

Romaric (Remy) Moncrieffe

Policy Manager, Marine Conservation

Rachel Guillory

Coastal Communications Manager

Birds That Depend on Our Coasts
! Priority Bird
Least Tern
Gulls and Terns
! Priority Bird
Piping Plover
Plovers
! Priority Bird
American Oystercatcher
Oystercatchers
! Priority Bird
Brown Pelican
Pelicans
! Priority Bird
Black Oystercatcher
Oystercatchers
! Priority Bird
Black Skimmer
Gulls and Terns
Atlantic Puffin
Auks, Murres, Puffins
! Priority Bird
Snowy Plover
Plovers
! Priority Bird
Red Knot
Sandpipers
! Priority Bird
Reddish Egret
Herons, Egrets, Bitterns
Tufted Puffin
Auks, Murres, Puffins