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Snowy Plover Interpretive Walk – Nehalem Bay (RSVP required)

When: Saturday, June 19 at 9am

Where:  Nehalem Bay State Park 

Join Portland Audubon Coastal Community Science Coordinator, Allison Anholt, and Joe Liebezeit, Staff Scientist, and learn about the endangered snowy plover life history, conservation challenges and habitat.  There will be good opportunities to view plovers and other birds at Nehalem Bay State Park. Walks last 2-3 hours and involve walking on uneven, sandy terrain.  We will have a scope but please consider bringing your own binoculars. We will adhere to COVID-19 social distancing.  

Other Interpretive Snowy Plover walks will occur on: June 27 (Sitka Sedge), July 2 (Nehalem), July 10 (Clatsop Spit).

A photo of a Snowy Plover family, two babies and one adult on the beach.
Western Snowy Plover, photo by Mick Thompson

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 and are starting to recolonize traditional north coast nesting sites. 

Plover Patrol engages communities to monitor plovers on the north coast, helping Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Portland Audubon track where Plovers are and how they are recovering to inform management. 

Details

Date:
June 19
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Accessibility Information

You will need to provide your own transportation. Event lasts 2-3 hours and involves moving on uneven, sandy terrain.

Venue

Nehalem Bay State Park
9500 Sandpiper Ln
Nehalem, OR 97131
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Organizer

Joe Liebezeit
Email:
jliebezeit@audubonportland.org