Aviary Cam

Live Web Cam: 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Pacific Time

You are watching a pre-recorded, off-hours video of the Aviary Cam.


Watch our Aviary Cam carefully—you never know who'll stroll by.

Marvel at the long legs of our black-necked stilts or spot the tiny western snowy plovers that blend into the sand.

Look for leg bands on our birds, which help us identify them in our Aviary. Each bird has its own history—most came here injured and can't live in the wild.

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Evenings by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Join Us for Evenings by the Bay!

See the Aquarium in a whole new light with extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on Saturdays from June 30 to September 1. Linger at your favorite exhibits after the crowds have gone, and enjoy wine, live music and sustainable bites.

Black-bellied plover at the Monterey Bay Aquarium aviary

Spot this Change Artist

The black-bellied plover's switch from regular to breeding plumage is so dramatic visitors are asking if we have a new bird. For only a few months each summer, this shorebird goes from drab to dazzling with a vivid black face and belly, white mantle and speckled wings.

Google maps Aviary view

Take a Virtual Tour of Our Aviary

Want a preview of our Aviary and other exhibits? Now you can get one with Google Maps Street View. With just a few clicks you can go on a virtual Aquarium visit and stroll inside through our exhibit galleries or outside on our decks—all from the comfort of your computer.

Snowy plover chicks behind the scenes

Saving Snowy Plovers

The Aquarium works hard to make a difference in the threatened western snowy plover population. As one of the main rehabilitation sites for shorebirds in northern California, we rescue injured adults, injured chicks and abandoned eggs.

Bird Feeding Strategies Curriculum

View Our Sandy Shore & Aviary Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.