Plover Lovers looking for volunteers

Spring has returned and for many beaches it can also mean the return of the endangered Piping Plover.

The Piping Plover volunteer monitoring group at Sauble Beach is preparing for their return and is looking for volunteers.


               Dad (L) with his brood of four (Port Elgin Beach 2015)                                                           photo by Sandy Lindsay                  

     Mom with a chick & two under her                       (Port Elgin Beach 2015)                                    photo by Sandy Lindsay 

The little ‘at risk’ birds continue to return each year to various beaches, including Sauble, Wasaga and others but are often subject to elimination by predators and beach conditions.

The Plover Lovers organization is working with Bird Studies Canada and together they are holding a Volunteer Training session on June 5th in Sauble Beach at the Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre, 303    Lakeshore Blvd. N., at 7:00 p.m.

For those interested in learning more about what it takes to be a Plover Lover volunteer, contact: Kirsten Snoek at

If you are interested in volunteering at other beaches in Ontario other than Sauble Beach, email: Andrea Gress at

“If you are planning to volunteer at multiple beaches this summer,” says Kirsten, “you only need to attend one training session as all training sessions will have identical information with only some minor logistics that will differ between the beaches.  We are looking forward to a great Piping Plover season this summer!”