Piping Plovers are an endangered species of shore birds that returned to Sauble Beach on Lake Huron in 2007 after a 30-year absence. Plover Lovers are volunteer monitors who, by serving as citizen scientists on the beach, help ensure the birds’ recovery in our area through outreach and education.  
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Plover Lovers & COVID-19

Birds Canada and Plover Lovers have decided unfortunately to cancel our volunteer operations for this summer. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it would be far too difficult to coordinate such an effort. 

If you see anything on the beach feel free to let us know as we still want to hear from any and all of you! 

Volunteer Training Cancelled

No Birds on the Beach 2022



Plover Lovers are sad to announce that for the first time in 16 years no Piping Plovers have chosen to nest at Sauble Beach this breeding season. Our Volunteer Training Session scheduled for Tuesday June 7 has been cancelled.

After the past two seasons of restricted arrival-time monitoring, we were back on the beach ready and waiting to greet this year’s arrivals.  Plovers Lovers, Birds Canada and of course, Don Kennedy, conducted daily surveys of the beach for our plovers from mid-April through to the end of May. (we still have some faint hope and will continue reduced surveys over the next few weeks, butat this point it is getting very late in the breeding season).   

Although no birds decided to nest at Sauble this season, our monitoring did find that a total of five plovers touched down briefly during this time.  On April 24, Islay Graham spotted a plover identified as a 4 or 5-year-old male, affectionately known as “Nubbins”. Nubbins was distinctively identified by his missing left foot and his remaining bands.  Nubbins had nested at Sleeping Bear Dunes in 2019 and 2021, and since plovers have a strong affinity to their nest sites, he stayed for 2-3 days, and moved on. We’re waiting to hear if he arrived back in Sleeping Dunes. 

Nubbins was followed by a second, single Piping Plover, on May 7. His bands weren’t read and he left the same day as an unidentified bird. 

On May 11 a pair of plovers were sighted! They were identified as 1 year old birds from separate hatch sites in Michigan. We were pretty happy to see a pair!  However, they too moved on within a day or two!

Finally, on May 13 another singleton showed up, but not finding a friend, he or she moved on as well. 

We will be looking at the many factors that may have influenced the plovers’ decisions to abandon Sauble Beach this year and will post on that soon.


Stay tuned, and thank you for your interest in assisting with the Piping Plovers this season. We will hopefully see you next year!



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Volunteer Training 2022

Plover Lovers is excited to be welcoming back volunteers to Sauble Beach this year! If you are interested in birds, the environment, education, or the beach, this is the perfect opportunity for you to help make a difference. Our training session for volunteers is on May 17th at 6:30pm, at Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre.

At this session volunteers will learn about:

  • Piping Plover behaviour, biology and identification 

  • identifying common threats 

  • how to complete data collection

  • outreach 

  • logistics for volunteering

If you are interested in helping make a difference in the survival of this endangered species RSVP for the volunteer training event by sending a response to ploverlovers@gmail.com.

We recommend all volunteers wear masks to this training session.