PRNSA Field Institute Instructor

Dave Shuford moved to western Marin County in 1975 to volunteer for Point Reyes Bird Observatory, and he continues to live there and work for PRBO. In early years, he explored for birds locally almost daily while censusing waterbirds in Point Reyes estuaries, coordinating the Marin County Breeding Bird Atlas, and studying Sanderlings at Bodega Bay. Later his focus broadened to the entire state, where he his surveyed shorebirds for the Pacific Flyway Project, colonial nesting waterbirds for the Western Colonial Waterbird Survey, and all waterbirds for inventories in the Klamath Basin and Salton Sea. He has also studied the ecology of California Gulls at Mono Lake, patterns of waterbird use of different crop types in the Delta, the distribution of Snowy Plovers and Long-billed Curlews in the interior, and another bird atlas in the Glass Mountain region of Mono County. He is also a past President of the Western Field Ornithologists, and has authored many papers, monographs, and books on California birds. Dave has shared his passion for birds by teaching classes or workshops through San Francisco State’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus, the Mono Lake Committee, the Mono Lake Bird Chautauqua, and the Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival. 



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an aerial view of the Point Reyes headlands with a green-topped bluffs overlooking the ocean.