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Snowy Plover Interpretive Walk – Netarts Spit at Cape Lookout State Park (RSVP required)

When: Friday, July 1 at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Cape Lookout State Park 

Join Portland Audubon Coastal Community Science Biologist, Allison Anholt 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 Cape Lookout State Park. This will be a long hike, traversing the entire length of Netarts Spit (round trip 10 miles). This walk will be 4-5 hours and involve walking on uneven, sandy terrain.  We will have a scope but please consider bringing your own binoculars, as well as water and appropriate footwear.  We will adhere to COVID-19 social distancing. If a long hike isn’t quite what you’re looking for, check out our other Snowy Plover Interpretive Walks.

Other Interpretive Snowy Plover walks will occur on: June 18 (Clatsop Spit), July 2 (Sitka), July 3 (Nehalem) and Aug 8 (Netarts Bay)

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:
July 1
Time:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
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

Cape Lookout State Park (Netarts Spit)
13000 Whiskey Creek Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141
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Organizer

Allison Anholt
Email:
aanholt@audubonportland.org