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Snowy Plover Patrol Training

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When: Apr 21, 2018 from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm

Portland Audubon is partnering with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to monitor for endangered western Snowy Plovers at five sites on the North Coast (from Clatsop Spit in Astoria to Sitka Sedge beach near Pacific City) starting in April and continuing through mid-July.

Where:  Nehalem Bay State Park Meeting Hall

Portland Audubon is partnering with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to monitor for endangered western Snowy Plovers at five sites on the North Coast (from Clatsop Spit in Astoria to Sitka Sedge beach near Pacific City) starting in April and continuing through mid-July.  Surveys twice a month (2-4 hours), can be physically demanding. 

Why Western Snowy Plovers
The Pacific coast population of Western Snowy Plovers has been in decline for several decades due to loss of habitat and disturbances from development, recreation, and other human pressures. In Oregon, the population hit a low of about 50 individuals in the early 1990s. Subsequently this species was listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act in 1993. 

Due to targeted recovery efforts in Oregon, mostly focused on the south and central coast, the bird has bounced back to a few hundred individuals although still a small, vulnerable population. Snowy Plovers are still largely absent at most traditional north coast nesting sites. 

Getting the community involved in monitoring Plovers on the north coast will help Oregon Parks and Portland Audubon Audubon track where Plovers are and how they are doing as other management occurs (e.g. habitat restoration) and offers an opportunity to engage the public to help protect this small bird. 

If you are interested in volunteering or just learning more about Snowy Plovers please come to one of our 2 training /presentations.

The Training:

The first part of the training explores the background on the Western Snowy Plover including life history, species identification, and the conservation challenges this species is facing in Oregon. There will also be information on what agencies and other groups are doing to try an recover this species as well as what the public can do to help.  

The second half of the training is geared toward volunteers who want to participate in surveys. We will go over the details of the survey protocol for conducting detection and nest monitoring surveys for this species and will include a site visit to a nearby location to view the Western Snowy Plovers in the wild. All members of the public are welcome. 

If you are unable to attend this training, another will be offered on Saturday, April 14 at the same time and location.  

Please send training RSVP to Amelia O’Connor at ASOPCoastalBirds@gmail.com

For more information contact Joe Liebezeit (jliebezeit@audubonportland.org) or Amelia O’Connor.

Snowy Plover
By Scott Carpenter
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