White-crowned sparrow


Point Reyes National Seashore easily claims the prize for the greatest avian diversity in any U.S. national park with 490 species, or 54% of all North American bird species recorded within the park. The species total here, in fact, is larger than the species total in each of forty of the United States. Some of the factors responsible for attracting this amazing diversity are Point Reyes' proximity to the Pacific Flyway along the Pacific Ocean, its diverse habitats, and the shape of the peninsula which acts as a geographic magnet. Point Reyes has at least two special species of concern at the park including the threatened Western snowy plover and the Northern spotted owl.  

Best Places to View 
A variety of land, shore and sea birds can be seen throughout the park. Use the following guides to help you discover birds by location and season. 

Join birders, naturalists and park staff for the Annual Christmas Bird Count at Point Reyes. This annual Audubon event helps park managers assess the types, frequency, numbers and health of birds around the park. Contact John Dell’Osso, Chief of Interpretation and Education at (415) 464-5135 or send him an email

Become a Snowy Plover Docent and help educate people about how to share the beach during their critical breeding season (March-September). Contact Doug Hee, Park VIP Coordinator at (415) 464-5145 or send him an email.

Gather the family and join Point Reyes National Seashore Association for the annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) on Saturday, January 11, 2014. This free family event invites families to discover birds at Point Reyes and learn about the grand tradition of annual bird counts. Ages 7-18 are encouraged, but we will also accept ages 2-6 for our Budding Birders walk. All children must have a chaperone or parent with them at all times. Preregistration is required. For more information, or to register contact Jessica Taylor at (415) 663-1200 x 304 or send her an email

Bird Resources