Plover Lovers Opportunity

Plover Lovers Volunteers Needed
Plover LoversWelcome to the Piping Plover Monitor Program!

A volunteer citizen scientist and public outreach project in support of the province’s recovery strategy for the endangered Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus).

What is a Piping Plover
The Piping Plover is a small shorebird that is one of North America’s most endangered birds. Piping Plovers are listed as federally and provincially endangered. Piping Plovers require wide sandy beaches for breeding and make their nests on the dry open sand between the high water line and the dunes. Human recreational use of these beaches have led to the plovers’ severe population decline. Where are the Piping Plovers In the spring of 2007, a pair of Piping Plovers appeared and established a nest at Sauble Beach. This was the first successful breeding record on the Great Lakes in Ontario since 1977. Each year since, plovers have returned to Sauble Beach to renest. These nests and the birds’ foraging habitat are provincially protected under the Species at Risk Act.

Volunteer monitors play a large part in assisting with the protection of the birds’ nests and young throughout their short breeding season on the beach.

Piping Plover Project Volunteer Opportunities
Are you interested in being a “citizen scientist” and spending some time on a beautiful beach talking to beachgoers about the birds? Well, you can volunteer with the recovery project!

For more info check out our social media sites:
- Website http://www.ploverlovers.com/
 - Facebook Plover Lovers
- Twitter @ploverlovers
- Instagram ploverlovers

Role and Responsibilities of the Volunteer
Volunteer monitors usually work in pairs, for shifts of about 4 hours, once or twice a week throughout the breeding season (May – early August).

Shift hours are flexible.
Your main responsibilities are to:
- educate beachgoers about the Piping Plover and the recovery project and foster an appreciation of the presence of these rare birds as an indicator of the environmental health of the beach.
- monitor and observe the Piping Plovers’ biology and behaviours - fill out data forms during your shift, recording bird behavior and your interactions with the public.

Training
You can attend our training session on May 24 or, be trained on the beach at a later date when you’re available.

Perks!
 Free Parking at Sauble Beach if you commit to 5 shifts! One of the most fun ways going to fulfill your volunteer hours – an afternoon in the sun, sand & surf, watching the fascinating lifestory of an endangered species unfold, chatting with friendly beachgoers, getting great experience for your resume.

 Sign Up! Simply email us at: volunteer@ploverlovers.com
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