Conservation and Restoration


Welcome to the California Least Tern conservation page.


The California Least Tern is an endangered migratory bird. In Los Angeles County, it returns to only two breeding colonies, one at Venice Beach and one at the Port of Los Angeles. In the past few years, it has also been making appearances at Malibu Lagoon State Beach as well. Los Angeles Audubon works with project biologists studying the tern colony in Venice and the California Department of Fish & Game, coordinating a community-based science monitoring program during the nesting season. This project also provides the general public with opportunities to participate in habitat restoration prior to the birds’ return in April.


We welcome new volunteers! If you’d like to participate, please contact our Project Volunteer Coordinator (323) 481 4037, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Endangered California Least Tern Project Volunteer Training begins April/May 2017.


For the 2015 and 2016 field seasons, we wish to thank the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for their generous financial support.


Get all the tern colony details here! Click on a link below to download a pdf version of a comprehensive report...


Breeding Biology of the California Least Tern at Venice Beach, 2012 Breeding Season 

Breeding Biology of the California Least Tern at Venice Beach, 2009 Breeding Season

Venice beach Least Tern Colony Habitat Improvement and Restoration Study, 2006-2009


Visit the tern colony in the summer, and this is who you might see!


Dorsey High School EcoClub visits the tern colony!