Tomales Bay, on the Marin County coast, is one of California's largest and least disturbed estuaries, yet little has been published on the status of its waterbirds or their vulnerability to environmental threats. Shuford et al. (1989) reported the results of waterbird censuses of up to 10 consecutive years in the adjacent Point Reyes area between 1965 and 1982 but provided limited information on waterbird use of Tomales Bay.
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