September 6th is a time when everyone around the world, including San Diego, celebrates World Shorebirds Day. This day is celebrated every year on September 6th or as close to a weekend to that date as possible. It celebrates shorebirds and helps to raise awareness of the plight of these types of birds.
As wetlands and shorelines become more and more affected by human activity, many species of shorebirds have been in decline. Some have gone extinct or are close to being so. San Diego is on a major flyway where thousands of shorebirds of many species pass through. Examples of imperiled shorebirds that migrate through the San Diego area include the species such as the red knot and snowy plover whose breeding and feeding areas are impacted by human activity.
Everyone is encouraged to sign up to count shorebirds in a section of San Diego for World Shorebirds Day. Shorebirds are frequently seen near every body of water in the county. There’s no reason to travel to the coast if you don’t live near there, you can count near your home. Examples of inland areas that can have shorebirds include Lindo Lake, the Julian farm ponds (and Lake Cuyamaca), Ramona farm ponds, Lake Murray and Santee Lakes. Even if there are no shorebirds at the time you count, it is important to note that.
In September, there should be some noticeable numbers of shorebirds passing through on migration. Though the peak of migration won’t begin until later, there should be some interesting birds. Inland, expect to see killdeer and a few other birds at most locations. A few birds stop at inland lakes and ponds on their way to and from the Salton Sea.
Participants can register their site at http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com. There are many areas around San Diego that haven’t been registered. Counting as many birds as possible on the same day gives a “global snapshot” of where each bird is at the same time.