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April 2, 2021 - April 3, 2021

Virtual Snowy Plover Patrol Training – April 2 & 3, 2021

We will be hosting online webinars for the classroom portion of the Snowy Plover training. This series will be presented twice, on Friday/Saturday April 2 and 3 then Saturday/Sunday April 10 and 11. It will be broken into four modules. They cover all relevant topics needed to understand snowy plovers and what we can do to help them.


Bird Alliance of Oregon is partnering with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Institute for Natural Resources to monitor endangered western Snowy Plovers at four sites on the North Coast (from Clatsop Spit in Astoria to Sitka Sedge beach near Pacific City) starting in April and continuing through the summer.  We are looking for folks to perform surveys twice a month but can do fewer if needed. Surveys will take 2-4 hours (depending on the site).  Some sites will require a fair amount of walking on sandy beach habitat. Learn more about the Snowy Plover Patrol.

For more information, please contact  Joe Liebezeit at jliebezeit@birdallianceoregon.org.

Snowy Plover mom and chick
Snowy Plover, photo by Mick Thompson

Training Modules and Requirements

New volunteers must take Modules 1-4 to meet the requirements for the Section 10 permit that allows us to survey for this threatened species. While not mandatory for returning volunteers, they will be very beneficial for touching up on Snowy Plover Knowledge. There will be a recap and quiz at the end. Regardless of your interest in volunteering, all are welcome to join the virtual trainings to learn more about Snowy Plovers and the Plover Patrol program.

Module 1: What is a plover, anyway?
Friday, April 2
10-11 a.m.
Content covers: Snowy Plover Identification, Similar Species, Life History, Habitat, Behavior, Threats and Decline.

Module 2: A Species at Risk
Friday, April 2
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Content covers: Understanding the Endangered Species Act, Legal Status, Management Strategies, and Recovery.

Module 3: Feet on the Beach
Saturday, April 3
10-11 a.m.
Content covers: Survey Protocol, Tips, Data Collection, Beach Safety

Module 4: Armchair Survey
Saturday, April 3
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Content covers: Beach Simulation, Recap, Quiz


April 2, 2021
April 3, 2021
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Joe Liebezeit