Plover Lovers are volunteers who contribute their time in support of the recovery of the endangered Piping Plover to sustainable populations. The majority of Plover Lovers volunteer monitors spend time on the beach throughout the breeding season (mid-April to early-August) serving as ambassadors for the bird – engaging and informing beachgoers about the Plovers.
These volunteers also act as “citizen scientists” by closely watching the Piping Plovers throughout their shifts and recording data that informs Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) and Birds Canada biologists of vital breeding, behavioural, habitat, feeding, and predator information.
Volunteers are an integral part of the recovery program at several known nesting locations in Canada and the US.
Volunteers help increase the nesting success of the Great Lakes Piping Plovers, including at Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada through their monitoring and public education and outreach.
Stewardship Grey Bruce
Stewardship Grey Bruce is an organization composed of representatives of various agencies and individuals who support projects that restore, protect and enhance wildlife and fisheries habitat and the rich diversity of plants and animals found in Grey and Bruce counties.
In 2015, Stewardship Grey Bruce established a Piping Plover Committee to oversee the volunteer and outreach component of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Piping Plover Recovery Program along the Lake Huron shoreline in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada. In 2018, this program was taken on by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). Volunteer monitors are organized via the Stewardship Grey Bruce Piping Plover Committee to serve as citizen scientists and ambassadors for the Plovers on the beach in an effort to help ensure the birds’ recovery to sustainable levels.
What we do in our own backyards to preserve biodiversity and protect the environment can help address global challenges such as climate change, declining air and water quality, and loss of biodiversity around the globe. Stewardship can make a difference!