Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day 2016

Jenna Skinner Articles, Plover Lovers Committee

Photo by Merri-Lee Metzger

“Migratory birds are symbols of the inter-connectedness of life on earth. Their annual migrations across countries and continents inspire people of all ages, all over the world.” – Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on World Migratory Bird Day 2016

As we celebrated World Migratory Bird Day yesterday, we felt so grateful to share Sauble Beach with the incredible Piping Plovers. They face a difficult and dangerous journey twice a year between their nesting and wintering grounds, with many threats caused by human activity. Against the odds, they persevere, and we have the rare opportunity to enjoy the Plovers in our local area.

World Migratory Bird Day focuses on the importance of international coordination in migratory bird conservation efforts. We have been fortunate enough to connect with numerous organizations involved in the recovery of Piping Plovers, in locations such as Nova Scotia, New Jersey, Michigan, and Florida. This spirit of cooperation between international stakeholders is essential to the birds’ survival and success.

If you are interested in participating in the recovery program, please email coordinator@ploverlovers.com to find out how you can get involved.