March 22, 2007
Opening March 30, 2007
On March 30, 2007 the Aquarium of the Pacific opens its newest exhibit Shorebird Sanctuary. Designed to resemble a tidal wetland, such as Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, California, this exhibit features native vegetation as well as estuarine fishes and shore and migratory birds, including Black-necked Stilts, Black-bellied Plovers, Snowy Plovers, and Ruddy Ducks. Tidal wetlands are habitats for a rich variety of wildlife and serve as vital stopover places for many migratory birds.
It is estimated that California has lost more than 95 percent of its wetlands. Today, only 13,000 acres of tidal wetlands remain in Southern California and the number of migratory birds wintering here has dropped markedly. We hope our Shorebird Sanctuary exhibit will raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and highlight the beauty of their flora and fauna.
Shorebird Sanctuary is located in the Southern California/Baja Gallery across from our Ray Touchpool.