Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary
Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary

Welcome to the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary

Founded December 3, 2013


The Cliff Swallows are Coming to Avila Beach.


Cliff Swallows are migratory birds that spend their winters in South America and migrate in the spring to North America. Migratory birds, such as Cliff Swallows are Federally Protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Destruction of their nest, eggs and/or young is a violation of Federal Law.

Please see the links page on this site for a link to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Some info: Cliff Swallows are attracted to the eves of structures such as homes and businesses. These locations provide protection from the weather, Raptors and other predator birds and animals. However, the nest create an unsightly scene below the nest, and thus, the nest are usually knocked down to rid the nesting birds. Using preventative methods such as netting installed by a reputable pest control company is recommended, there are other sources such as hanging metallic streamers, or painting a non-earth tone strip under eves.

 These hearty little birds expend a great deal of energy during migration and nest construction. Those living within the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary boundaries are encouraged to understand and abide by existing Federal laws protecting Cliff Swallows and other migratory birds and take precautions to protect the nest or take preventive action to detour nesting birds before nest are built. Once under construction the nest are Federally Protected. Please help make the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary a safe place for our feathered visitors to thrive and survive.

 If you have any questions, please contact the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary at: mail.abbs@gmail.com

The community of Avila Beach celebrated the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the Bird Sanctuary of Avila Beach designation on September 20, 2014.


San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, Adam Hill, presented a certificate of recognition to long-time Avila Beach resident Shirley Goetz, who founded the Bird Sanctuary of Avila Beach.


See video on facebook.

Reso 2013-293

Official Declaration December 3, 2013.


The Bird Sanctuary of Avila Beach does not sell photos, prints, merchandise or services. We are not associated or affiliated with any other bird sanctuary non profit "Inc" or .com website. We are the official and original Bird Sanctuary of Avila Beach designated by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. We are affiliated with the Avila Beach Community Foundation non profit.

The boundaries of the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary are within the Avila Beach Community Services District boundary.
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