Are you interested in helping species at risk? Do you like birds and spending time on the beach? We have a perfect opportunity for you!
It’s time for us to welcome our Piping Plovers back to Sauble Beach! As the birds prepare for the summer ahead, we should join them in doing the same. There are many challenges facing the Great Lakes Piping Plovers, but don’t let that ruffle your feathers! As a Volunteer Monitor, you will help the endangered Piping Plovers by participating in a citizen science project, monitoring protected areas, and educating beachgoers about the importance of sharing the beach!
As a Volunteer Monitor, you will have the opportunity to sign up for 3 to 4 hour shifts on the beach. You will be able to learn all about the birds while you share the joy of watching bird families form with other people who care just as much as you do. We also offer free Sauble Beach parking passes, sponsored by Bruce Power, to those who volunteer for 5 or more shifts on the beach!
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Monitor, please join us for our volunteer orientation on May 24th at 6:00pm at Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre in Sauble Beach. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Monitor and if you will be attending the volunteer orientation by emailing Alicia Fortin, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact us with any questions! See you on the beach!
Watch a 20-minute video of the Great Lakes Piping Plovers that nested on Darlington Beach on the Canadian Shores of Lake Ontario during the spring and summer of 2016. The video was produced and edited by volunteer Winnie Poon and narrated by Roy Smith. Glenn Coady, Volunteer Coordinator and John Brett – Canadian Wildlife Services discuss the life of the Piping Plover and discuss and demonstrate various procedures such as use of exclosures and banding the birds. A special thank you to participants, especially Winnie Poon for taking the time to document the expereince and for sharing her efforts with Plover Lovers.
Volunteers will be the first to tell you that the sight of piping plovers and chicks scurrying across the beach is a sight that warms ones heart and makes it all worthwhile. What does not get shared often enough are the interactions they have with so many interesting people. Shiloh Reynolds and her family have vacationed at Sauble Beach for many years and they are delighted to see the return of the Piping Plover. Shiloh, attends Sylvania Southview High School in Toledo, Ohio.
As editor of her newspaper Shiloh interacted with volunteers on the beach and subsequently contacted Plover Lovers’ Volunteer Coordinator Jenna Skinner. Shiloh stated that her reason for writing the story is “to get her generation to care more and be more conscientious about their impact on nature”.
Her story was published in “The Catalyst” on September 16, which coincidently is “Plovers Appreciation Day”. Thank you Shiloh, you’ve impacted more than your generation!
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 not have realized this recognition if it weren’t for the dedicated volunteers who spent countless hours on the beach, day after day, in all types of weather, during good times and sad times …… these people are our heroes and we thank you.
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 many ecological challenges we face, including assessment and measurement of populations, persistent problems such as exotic species, and a lack of consensus (e.g. renewable vs. non-renewable, native vs. non-native, commercial vs. recreational, etc.). To conquer these challenges, David believes that we need a strong ecological ethic and clear measurable metrics. Of course, he kept his talk light with his sense of humour, which you might have guessed from the title of his presentation in the photo above.
David was kind enough to share with us a reading list that touches on this topic:
- Walden by H.D. Thoreau
- Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
- An Ecological and Evolutionary Ethic by Daniel G. Kozlovsky
- Getting to Yes By Fisher and Ury
- Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
- Collapse by Jared Diamond
- Stones into Schools by Greg Mortensen (note from David: not an environmental book so much as one that deals with accomplishing something under trying circumstances)
Thank you to Bruce Power for their support of the Beach Talk initiative. Also, a big thank you to all who attended the Beach Talk series. It was a great success and we hope it’s something we can continue in the future!