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The Western Snowy Plover: Natural History and Recovery, with Lu Plauzoles – Evening Meeting Reminder: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

November 6, 2017


It all begins with a chick in hand. The banding of KO:BR at Eden Landing SFBO
(Karine Tokatlian, Summer 2013)

Designated hitter Lu Plauzoles will introduce the Michael Love-produced 45-minute film The Western Snowy Plover: Natural History and Recovery. The movie introduces you to the Snowy Plovers of University of California Coal Oil Point Reserve in Goleta – the most successful breeding colony of plovers on the Pacific Coast. The film includes an excellent introduction to the natural history of the Snowy Plovers by Dr. Cris Sandoval of UCSB and her staff. After the screening, Lu and other SMBAS volunteers will give a short report and answer questions about the Snowy Plovers on our Los Angeles County beaches. ‘Twas a banner year for us!

Lucien Plauzoles (Lu) is a 20-plus-year member of Santa Monica Bay Audubon and has served on the board for over 15 of those years. Having heard Mary Prismon’s pleas for these birds, he was trapped into the Snow Plover project in 2001 by Chuck Almdale’s L.A. County survey, and has not yet escaped its clutches. A graduate of UCLA, he holds two degrees from the venerable local big U — both non-related to the plovers.

However, he has logged extensive hours of observation, monitoring, and reporting of the “little guys,” the smallest avian species on our beaches. He has attended and participated in seven of the range-wide Snowy Plover meetings for the West Coast populations, and regularly represents the SM Chapter and other Audubon volunteers in meetings with the City of Santa Monica, the County and other agencies. He has lobbied for the exclosure (keeps unwanted people and animals out) at Santa Monica for over 10 years and also for the newer Dune Restoration project in Santa Monica, where the first recorded L.A.County nesting of the plovers in 70 years took place this past spring. He is proud to be standing behind the audience this Tuesday as both introducer and postface to the movie.

Six Snowy Plovers surround beach wrack, their favorite source of invertebrate prey. (C. Almdale 12/23/12)

Our meetings are at Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th Street. (between 7th St. & Lincoln Blvd., California Ave. & Wilshire Blvd.), Santa Monica. Previously known as Lincoln Park. If you’re coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Lincoln Blvd., turn north  and drive 5 blocks north to Wilshire Blvd.

Link to Google Map

Meeting Room: In Joslyn Hall in the middle of the park, accessible from Lincoln Blvd, California Ave. and 7th St.  Its glass wall faces north towards St. Monica Church on California St.  If you’re walking from Lincoln Blvd., it’s located directly behind (west) of the large Miles Playhouse building. Not accessible directly from Wilshire Blvd.

Meetings begin at 7:30 sharp with a little business, and then our main presentation. Refreshments are served afterward. Please leave your coyote at home, however much they whine to come.

Parking: The entire block between Wilshire Blvd. and California Ave, 7th St. and Lincoln Blvd., on the sides closest to the park, is metered. $2/hour meter enforcement (except on Wilshire) ends at 6PM, so free parking for the meeting! However, the local natives are engaged in a survival-of-the-fittest scramble for free parking, so the after-6pm free parking spaces disappear quickly.  We suggest that you arrive no later than 7:15 pm.

If all those spaces are filled, we found free parking as follows:
California Ave. between 6th and 7th
9th St. north of Wilshire Blvd.
10th St. north of California Ave.
Washington Ave. (next street north of and parallel to California)

If that fails, go south of Wilshire, not north of the park, as resident-only permit parking zones abound to the north. The east side of Lincoln Blvd. across from the park is by permit parking only. Spaces are more available on 7th St. or Lincoln south of Wilshire. Some of those are “until 9PM” meters also. You may need a flashlight to read & operate the meter. Wherever you park, please read parking signs carefully and avoid a big fat $40+ parking ticket.  [Chuck Almdale]


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