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Snowy Plover Monitor Training

February 22, 2012

The following message is from Stacey Vigallon at the L.A. County Snowy Plover Central Command Facility.  You’ve read about them in our blogs.  Now you too can help with this important project.

Interested in helping monitor threatened birds at the beach?

Snowy Plovers 'On the Beach'

On Sunday, March 4th from 8-10am, Los Angeles Audubon will be holding a training session on Santa Monica Beach for volunteers interested in helping to monitor the Snowy Plover, a small bird that lives on Los Angeles County beaches. Once trained, volunteers can help observe birds during four survey windows throughout the year all along the Los Angeles County coastline (Malibu to Long Beach). This is a great opportunity to learn about our beaches from a conservation point of view. To register for the training please contact the volunteer coordinator at or call 323-481-4037. If you are unable to attend the March 4th training session but would still like to participate in monitoring, other training options may be available.

Beach at Malibu Lagoon

Thanks to grants from Audubon California and California Department of Fish & Game, and in partnership with Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society, South Bay/Palos Verdes Audubon Society, Ryan Ecological Consulting, and Plegadis LLC, the Snowy Plover Monitoring Program in Los Angeles County launched in 2007. Volunteers gather data on wintering plovers and those that might attempt to breed in the spring. For more information, check out Los Angeles Audubon’s Western Snowy Plover page at:
[Chuck Almdale]

Long term lagoon resident, Snowy Plover NO:WW (C.Almdale)

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