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The dynamic history of Shoreline now provides an estuary environment and varied ecosystems for wildlife and a large number of species of birds including the resident Species of Special Concern, the Burrowing Owl.

To protect and care for this unique environment, please follow the no domesticated animals policy here at Shoreline.


Thank you for finding an alternative option to bringing your domesticated animal(s) to Shoreline At Mountain View. While we understand that you enjoy spending time with your pet(s), dogs and other domesticated animals are not allowed within area boundaries.

This rule was established to protect area habitats and to avoid negatively impacting birds and wildlife, as Shoreline has a number of endangered and federally-protected species of special concern. Because both dogs and cats have a natural inclination to hunt, and because they also have the ability to harm and injure another species, the Shoreline policy also serves to prevent against any civil penalties for harming, wounding or killing threatened or endangered species such as the Burrowing Owl, Clapper Rail or Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse. Service dogs under the control of a disabled person are the exception to the rule.

The following are alternatives to walking your dog at Shoreline:

  • The City of Mountain View’s Dog Park is located on North Road just outside the main entrance to Shoreline. The dog park is an area where your dogs can run free and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Dogs are allowed on a leash from El Camino Real north to Crittenden Trailhead on Stevens Creek Trail. Parking is available at the Crittenden Lane, La Avenida, Whisman, Landels and Yuba Drive Trailheads.
  • You may also enter the Palo Alto Baylands trail via Mountain View property, accessing this levee via San Antonio Road entrance to Shoreline At Mountain View.

For additional information about the "no domesticated animals" policy, please contact the Shoreline At Mountain View administrative offices at 650-903-6392.


The City is currently working on a Shoreline Wildlife Management Plan.  Once the plan has been completed it can be located here.


The Western Burrowing Owl is a small, brown and white barred owl that stands 8-10 inches tall. Burrowing Owls may be present in any areas with ground squirrel burrows or artificial burrows on flat ground, hillsides or low embankments. The best time of the day to observe the species is during early morning and early evening hours when they actively hunt by running, pouncing and hovering over prey.

During nesting season (February 1 through August 31), male owls decorate their mates’ nest burrows with animal dung, paper, dry grass and other debris. Females may lay between six and 11 white eggs which they incubate underground for about 28 days. The young are fed by both parents until they are able to fly and forage independently. Burrowing Owls show strong site fidelity and may return to the same burrow over a period of several years.

Protect the low-flying Burrowing owl and other species at Shoreline by observing the 25 mph speed limit when driving through the park, stay on pathways and use caution when viewing the charming Western Burrowing owl from afar.

The Burrowing Owl is a Species of Special Concern protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which prohibits the "taking of active nests, eggs, young or adults." The owl is also protected under the Fish and Game Code, Sections 3503, 3503.5, 3513, and 3800. Prior to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) construction projects, surveys are conducted to determine if owls are foraging or nesting on or adjacent to project sites.

Burrowing Owl Management Plan


In 1998, the City of Mountain View formally implemented the first of two Burrowing Owl Management Plans to ensure the safety and success of this "Species of Special Concern."

The City is currently working off a new "Burrowing Owl Preservation Plan" to provide staff with additional information regarding the owls including their environmental needs and how to increase the species' population while completing necessary maintenance. The City continues to employ a part-time Burrowing Owl Specialist who monitors the owls, improves their habitat and pre-approves maintenance projects to limit the impacts on the owls according to state and federal regulations.





On April 27, 2021 the Mayor of Mountain View, Ellen Kamei, signed onto the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge through the National Wildlife Federation. As part of this pledge, the City of Mountain View committed to three actions:

  1. Continue native plant enhancement at Shoreline at Mountain View that has been ongoing for the past 10 years to increase biodiversity to benefit many local species, including monarch butterflies;
  2. Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants; and
  3. Host a native seed giveaway facilitated through Mountain View Public Library’s Seed Library program to make milkweed seeds available to the public with additional education and outreach of butterfly-friendly planting being conducted as part of the City’s Arbor Day Tree Giveaway program.

The City is excited to be part of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge and has received $30,000 from Google to support these efforts. Additional information is below on what actions from the pledge the $30,000 will be spent. Additional information can be found in the press release.

Continue Native Plant Enhancement at Shoreline at Mountain View

Shoreline at Mountain View is already designated as a Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch due to the past efforts of staff and volunteers to plant milkweeds and other pollinator plants. To continue building on these efforts in Shoreline, a portion of the $30,000 from Google will go towards enhancing three areas within Shoreline with additional plants for pollinators The two main goals of the new plantings is to provide the local milkweed as a larval food source for monarch caterpillars and to provide a pollinator source for adult monarchs.

The areas being proposed for the plantings already have existing pollinator species on site. Thus, expanding the native plants will greatly enhance the attractiveness of the site for monarch butterflies. All three sites have been converted to prime wildlife habitats, with two of the three areas formerly ponds that are now designated protected, sensitive areas. In addition, the native plants for this project have been chosen to provide nectar, pollen, seeds and berries to benefit a diversity of pollinators and other wildlife.

Staff plan to emulate the success of past projects where volunteers helped enhance areas of Shoreline to increase biodiversity. For instance, the Valley Water restoration area along Permanente Creek was a multiyear project where upon completion the following species were observed: 46 bird species, 90 invertebrates, 10 mammals, 2 amphibians, and 2 reptiles. Taking this same approach to the three identified areas will continue to increase biodiversity, specifically enhancing the habitats for monarchs.

When the project is ready for implementation, the City will seek volunteers through advertising on social media and the City’s website for participation. Due to the sensitivity of these areas, the volunteer groups will be closely managed.

Engage with Community Garden groups

The City has partnered with GreenSpacesMV, a local nonprofit, to create a pollinator habitat at Cuesta Park. The project is expected to be completed in 2022 and will create a habitat that enhances the local pollinator and wildlife environment with native plants while increasing biodiversity. The project will be planted and maintained by volunteers with support from the City. In addition to serving as a habitat for pollinators, the project will also be an educational site for visitors in order to raise public awareness about the importance of biodiversity and pollinators, including the monarch butterfly. It will also serve a demonstration habitat where people can learn how to establish and propagate native plants for their own yards.

Host Native Seed Giveaway

In addition to the efforts described above, the City has also added native, local milkweed seeds to its Seed Library program through the Mountain View Public Library. Through the program, individuals can visit the Seed Library within Mountain View library and take seeds for free along with educational materials on how to plant and grow them. For additional information on the MVPL Seed Library Program, please click here.

Previous Success with Monarch Butterflies at Shoreline

During June 2018, a female monarch butterfly was observed laying eggs on one of the showy milkweed plants. Eggs were observed soon afterwards on the underside of the leaves and at least 4 monarch caterpillars survived. Photos below.