The Dynamic Beach Habitat

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

Keith Brownlee presenting to Plover Lovers at the Sauble Beach Community Centre this past Tuesday evening

Keith Brownlee presenting to Plover Lovers at the Sauble Beach Community Centre this past Tuesday evening

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 have been implemented by Friends of Sauble Beach, including the installation of snow fencing for sand retention and public education to reduce traffic across the dunes. A lively discussion followed, with many excellent questions and plenty of audience participation. Thank you to all who came out!

Please join us for the next talk this Tuesday, July 12, at 7pm at the Sauble Beach Community Centre. Advanced birder Mark Wiercinski will be discussing why Lake Huron and the Bruce Peninsula are a birder’s paradise in his talk, “Birds Along the Lake Huron Shore.” It should be entertaining and informative!

Now for a quick update on the Sauble Beach Plovers! The two nests continue to be incubated, with all parents accounted for. The estimated hatch dates for the nests are July 23-25 for Nest 4 and July 19-21 for Nest 5. Flag Boy has been seen occasionally this week, most recently yesterday.

With the beach being busier this week, there has been much more interaction with the public and lots of interest expressed by beachgoers! We’ve been handing out plenty of tattoos, stickers, and information cards to vacationers and residents alike. Don’t hesitate to stop and talk to someone in an orange vest if you’re on the beach, and have a great weekend!