On the Pacific coast between Santa Barbara and Malibu, California, you’ll find two-mile-long Ormond Beach, pictured here, and an adjacent wetlands complex that is being restored. Two eyesores tower over the dunes just behind the strand: a power plant and a shuttered waste-metal facility that is now an EPA-designated toxic-waste site. Developers weren’t keen on building oceanfront houses with such industrial neighbors, so the beach not only remains relatively unspoiled but is a haven for birds. As writer Chuck Graham reports, the highlights include Western Snowy Plover, California Least Tern, and Long-billed Curlew. We’re happy to tell you about it and equally bird-rich hotspots, in Hawaii, Florida, and Texas, in our February issue. — Matt Mendenhall
Four birding hotspots:
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