Ontario Field Ornithologists

Plover Lovers Committee Receives OFO Award

Cheryl Ferguson Articles, Local News, Plover Lovers Committee, Sauble Beach

During their annual convention on September 26, the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) awarded the Plover Lovers Committee an award “for their commitment to public education and citizen science towards the Piping Plovers, nesting at Sauble Beach”. There are 5 committee members in the group: Norah Toth (Chair), Catherine Dickison, Aubrey Ferguson, Lynne Richardson & Cheryl Ferguson. However; this program would …

2016 Sauble Beach Piping Plover Breeding Season Summary

Jenna Skinner Local News, Plover Lovers Committee, Sauble Beach, Uncategorised, Updates from the Beach

Another Piping Plover breeding season has come to a close at Sauble Beach, with a disappointing outcome for the Plover Lovers volunteer group. Of 18 eggs laid in five nests, only 6 chicks hatched and none survived to fledging. Three of the five nests were lost before the hatch due to abandonment or high water. This year was particularly challenging …

Beach Talk Wrap-up: The Evolution of an Ecological Ethic

Jenna Skinner Plover Lovers Committee, Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

The Plover Lovers Beach Talk 2016 speaker series wrapped up earlier this month with a fascinating talk by David McLeish, recently retired Lake Manager with the Upper Great Lakes Management Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry. David’s presentation went over the development of conservation ethics over the centuries along with the various schools of thought. He also addressed the …

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No New Plovers But Many New Plover Lovers @ Sauble

Aubrey Ferguson Articles, Local News, Plover Lovers Committee, Sauble Beach

  Although the Piping Plovers are gone (the last adult plover was observed at Sauble Beach on July 25) 20 Plover Lovers gathered on Wednesday night at Huron Feathers Presbyterian Church on Lakeshore Drive to chat about the season and swap some experiences between bites of pizza and cake. With multiple spring orientations volunteers rarely even meet one another during …

Responsible Nature Photography

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Uncategorised, Updates from the Beach

Our Beach Talk Series continued last Tuesday with a presentation by photographer and naturalist, Kerry Jarvis. Kerry entertained us with his many stories of life behind the lens and he shared his beautiful photos and videos with us. The audience was fortunate to hear some helpful tips about responsible and ethical photography, and how to work towards improving our skills as nature …

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 …

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 …