California is home to hundreds of bird species that share both habitat and resources - including dozens of species of waterfowl (e.g., ducks, geese) and seabirds (e.g., gulls, pelicans). Many species of waterfowl and seabirds are migratory, and travel over great distances. Because these species depend on habitats in California, other states, and even other countries, they are federally protected.
Increased human presence and access to non-natural food sources can alter these birds' natural behaviors, diets, and foraging habits. These changes can result in a loss of fear of people and increase human-bird interactions as they seek out food. Help keep waterfowl and seabirds wild. Learn more!