The Federally Threatened western snowy plover nests on the Refuge beaches from March - September. Their nests and eggs are very difficult to notice, as seen in the photo to the right. To protect this species, beaches are closed during this nesting season every year.
Another recovery project on the Refuge is the restoration of La Graciosa thistle. The endangered thistle lives around the edges of wetlands and here.areas within coastal dune scrub habitat. It is currently found in only eight locations scattered along the Central Coast of California from Santa Barbara County, north to San Louis Obispo County. Learn more about the recovery of this endangered plant