Newport Back Bay Science Center, Newport Beach, CA |

Newport Back Bay Science Center

For some birding listings, the street address is for the headquarters and not the actual bird watching destination. Call ahead for entry fees, parking information, and regulations regarding family pets.

Newport Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660


The Upper Newport Bay estuary is available to 200 species of migratory and shorebirds including the endangered California least tern and is one of the top birding sites in the country.


Endangered Species: Light-footed clapper rail, California least tern, Brown pelican, Peregrine falcon, Belding’s savannah sparrow, Coastal California gnatcatcher. More Birds: Avocets, Coots, Crows, Blackbirds, Pelicans, Hummingbirds, Swallows, Owls, Terns, Doves, Hawks, Ducks, Grebes, Gulls, Kingbirds, Meadowlarks, Sparrows, Kites, Swifts, Finch, Plovers, Gnatcatchers, Herons, Mockingbirds.


Bird listings may include resident and migratory birds and common and rare sightings.

Newport Back Bay
photograph Mary A. Vassilakis