Microbead Plastics: A Growing Danger in Our Water

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Uncategorised, Updates from the Beach

Last Tuesday, our Beach Talk series continued with a presentation by Rhiannon Moore with the help of her colleague, Erinn Lawrie, from the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. Rhiannon spoke about plastic pollution in Lake Huron, including microbead plastics, which have recently been listed federally as a toxic substance. Plastic waste poses a major risk to shoreline and aquatic species, …

The 2016 season draws to a close in Sauble Beach

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

  After three bittersweet months, the Piping Plover nesting season has drawn to a close at Sauble Beach. The male from Nest 5 has been caring for the chick alone since yesterday afternoon, when his mate took off up the beach to begin feeding and likely preparing for her trip south. This diligent dad was chasing gulls, sending up alarm …

Update on second chick from Nest 5

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

As we reported yesterday, the second egg from Nest 5 hatched against all odds, several days after the older sibling. The chick was observed well into the evening by volunteers. It was seen struggling but would walk towards the male. It would brood briefly and the repeat the process. This was behaviour that volunteers and expert monitors had not previously seen, emphasizing the uniqueness of the …

Second chick hatches from Nest 5!

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

  An unusual and incredible event happened at Sauble Beach today. To the disbelief of volunteers and beachgoers, the second chick from Nest 5 hatched, nearly 3 days after the first. Volunteers had been monitoring this nest constantly through daylight hours over the past few days, and no incubation was observed during that time (so perhaps they were incubating overnight). Most …

Chick Hatches from Nest 5

Jenna Skinner Uncategorised

Exciting news this morning: a chick has hatched from Nest 5! It’s an extremely windy day at the beach, so the little one has been hiding in the long grasses with its mother this morning. It did pop out to check out the beach and have a bite while the weather was calm, but returned to its hiding place when the wind …

Summer Experience Students Become Plover Lovers

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

Plover Lovers were fortunate to have four Summer Experience Students from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry join us in monitoring the Piping Plovers over the past two days. It was a great group with a lot of enthusiasm for the environmental work that they are doing this summer. The students monitored the nests, provided support to the Biologist …

Birds Along the Lake Huron Shore

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

What a fun night we had at last night’s Beach Talk presentation! Mark Wiercinski gave a lively talk about the wide variety of birds in and around Bruce County. From backyard birds to bald eagles, he covered an array of species with fascinating facts about each. He highlighted the importance of predatory birds and their value in a healthy ecosystem, a brave topic …

The Dynamic Beach Habitat

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

Our first Tuesday night edition of our Beach Talk series was this week, and it was a huge success! Keith Brownlee of Friends of Sauble Beach (FOSB) gave an informative presentation about beach ecology and dynamics. The audience left with an appreciation of the complexity of dune formation and the effects of raking and maintenance. Keith highlighted the many conservation strategies that …

Canada Day Weekend Update

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

It was a very busy Canada Day weekend in Sauble Beach, with gorgeous weather on Saturday and Sunday. Heavy rain came down on Friday morning and afternoon, which was badly needed and fortunately did not cause any flooding near the Plover nests. That evening cleared up beautifully as visitors flocked to the beach to celebrate. Sauble Beach had an official …