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Virtual Snowy Plover Patrol Training

Our in-person Snowy Plover trainings have been restructured to make better use of distance meetings and Zoom webinars. We will be hosting online webinars for the classroom portion of the Snowy Plover training. This series will be presented twice, on Friday/Saturday April 17 and 18 then Saturday/Sunday April 25 and 26. It will be broken into four modules. They cover all relevant topics needed to understand snowy plovers and what we can do to help them.

ALL field surveys are on hold until the Executive Order is lifted or Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) reopens parks. We hope that in May we can resume field surveys, but nothing is certain at this point.


Portland Audubon is partnering with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to monitor for endangered western Snowy Plovers at four sites on the North Coast (from Clatsop Spit in Astoria to Sitka Sedge beach near Pacific City) starting in April and continuing through the summer.  We are looking for folks to perform surveys twice a month but can do fewer if needed. Surveys will take 2-4 hours (depending on the site).  Some sites will require a fair amount of walking on sandy beach habitat. Learn more about the Snowy Plover Patrol.

For more information, please contact  Joe Liebezeit at jliebezeit@audubonportland.org or Frances Buchanan at ASOPCoastalBirds@gmail.com.



Snowy Plover, photo by Mick Thompson

Training Modules and Requirements

New volunteers must take Modules 1-4 to meet the requirements for the Section 10 permit that allows us to survey for this threatened species. While not mandatory for returning volunteers, they will be very beneficial for touching up on Snowy Plover Knowledge. There will be a recap and quiz at the end.

Module 1: What is a plover, anyway?
Friday, April 17
10-11 a.m.
Content covers: Snowy Plover Identification, Similar Species, Life History, Habitat, Behavior, Threats and Decline.

Module 2: A Species at Risk
Friday, April 17
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Content covers: Understanding the Endangered Species Act, Legal Status, Management Strategies, and Recovery.

Module 3: Feet on the Beach
Saturday, April 18
10-11 a.m.
Content covers: Survey Protocol, Tips, Data Collection, Beach Safety

Module 4: Armchair Survey
Saturday, April 18
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Content covers: Beach Simulation, Recap, Quiz


April 18
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Joe Liebezeit