The Mediterranean Coast Network Inventory & Monitoring Program oversees the seabird monitoring protocol. The protocol is being implemented at the following parks:

Channel Islands National Park
The seabird monitoring program tracks the abundance and distribution of six seabird species:

  • double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
  • pelagic cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
  • California brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
  • western gull (Larus occidentalis)
  • Scripps’s (Xantus) murrelet (Synthliboramphus scrippsi
  • Cassin’s auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus)

When possible productivity, survivorship, food habits and growth rates are also monitored. Monitoring has revealed some of the positive effects of the park’s numerous restoration projects. For example, breeding Scripps's (Xantus) murrelets have increased since invasive black rats were removed from Anacapa Island. Additionally, nesting habitat for Scripps's (Xantus) murrelets and Cassin’s auklets on Santa Barbara Island, as well as seabirds on Santa Cruz Island increased after non-native plant removal and restoration. The brown pelican population has also improved since the pesticide DDT was banned.