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[Excerpt from Introduction] "The San Francisco Bay Estuary supports a large and diverse bird community. More than 50% of most Pacific flyway diving duck populations are found in the Estuary during the winter months (Trost 2002; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2002). San Francisco Bay has been designated as a site of international importance for shorebirds (Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network), supporting millions of individuals (Morrison et al. 2001; Takekawa et al. 2001; Warnock et al. 2002), including species that use tidal marsh habitats. In total, the Bay’s tidal marshes support at least 113 bird species that represent 31 families (Takekawa et al., in press)..."
This sea-level rise modeling program began in 2008 and is located at the U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center. The focus is to provide site level ground data and results that land managers, planners, and those concerned with the conservation of salt marsh habitats can use to make well-informed climate change adaptation decisions. The work is being done by the USGS San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station and Dixon Field Station researchers. This interdisciplinary research program objectives include understand the risk to salt marsh endangered species using sea-level rise modeling, storm monitoring, and movement of animals during high water events. In addition, the ability for salt marsh habitats...