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Join the Program

Working closely with biologists, volunteers and Piping Plover Guardians play a lead role in the recovery of Piping Plovers.

Who can participate?

Anyone who has a passion for their local beach and enjoys watching wildlife

What is the cost of participating?

At least 1 to 10 hours of your time per year.

What do volunteers do?

  • Patrol beaches that have nesting plovers
  • Help protect nesting habitat by setting up signs and rope
  • Collect info on plover presence, plover predators, and human use of plover beaches
  • Help biologists save nests from flooding
  • Conduct beach clean-ups on plover beaches in March and April Help with community outreach events in spring & summer
  • Share plover-friendly tips with beach-goers, such as:

Keep clear of signs marking sensitive nesting areas;
Walk on the wet sand;
Keep pets leashed;
Take food and trash off the beach;
Do not drive off-road vehicles on beaches and dunes.

If volunteers can commit more time, they are given extra training to assist biologists with plover protection and monitoring activities, such as:

Conduct regular nest and chick checks at specific beaches in coordination with biologists.

We need new volunteers! To join the program, contact the program coordinator at:

Bird Studies Canada
c/o Environment Canada
16th floor 45 Alderney Dr.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6
Phone/voicemail: (902) 426-4055 Fax: (902) 426-6434

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