Pillar Point Bird Refuge is a protected wildlife sanctuary located in San Mateo County, California, USA. It is situated at the southern end of Pillar Point Harbor, just north of Half Moon Bay. The refuge is managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and is home to a variety of migratory birds, including sandpipers, ducks, geese, and egrets.
The Pillar Point Bird Refuge was established in 1971 as part of the California Coastal Sanctuary Act. The sanctuary covers an area of approximately 46 acres and includes a mixture of mudflats, tidal ponds, and salt marshes, which provide important feeding, nesting, and resting habitats for a variety of bird species.
The refuge is a popular destination for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, who can observe the birds from a designated viewing platform or by walking along the surrounding trails. Visitors are advised to respect the refuge’s sensitive ecosystems and wildlife by staying on designated trails and not disturbing the birds.
In addition to birdwatching, the Pillar Point Bird Refuge offers opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and boating in the surrounding harbor.
Address: One Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 583-4400