Audublog reported that scientists surveying islands in the California Coastal Monument (off the Mendocino County coast) have found several breeding sites for the Ashy Storm-Petrel. The Ashy Storm-Petrel is a rare bird and has not been found nesting in this area since 1926.
Their global population may be as few as 5,500 . The Ashy Storm petrel is a candidate for federal endangered protection. The government is expected to decide on its status in the next year.