La Jolla Shores
Ospreys are large, majestic birds of prey that can be found patrolling shorelines and bodies of water, including the waters off La Jolla. When environmentalists Bev Grant and Art Cooley learned about some resident ospreys known to frequent Scripps Pier, they helped support construction of a custom nesting platform to provide a safe space for the birds to breed. The osprey nesting platform was installed on the pier in late 2018 and has already facilitated some nesting activity.
Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier is one of the largest active research piers in the world. Originally built in 1916 and reconstructed in the late 1980s, the pier is used for a variety of experiments and has provided for some of the longest-running ocean observations in the world.