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Snowy Plover & Least Terns Volunteer Monitors Wanted!

April 17, 2019

And now a message from Stacey Vigallon at the Los Angeles County Snowy Plover and Least Tern Master Command Control Center.

Snowy Plover with a rusty crown
(Grace Murayama 3-24-19 Malibu Lagoon)

Hi Snowy Plover Volunteers!

Many thanks to the volunteers who headed out to survey beaches in March! During the March survey, plovers again popped up outside some of their usual roost locations. Plovers were present at Zuma, Malibu Lagoon, Santa Monica, and Hermosa, but skipped their usual Dockweiler roost site near the protective enclosure to again make an appearance at the central Dockweiler beach and Venice instead. Overall, volunteers observed over 140 plovers, which is fewer than were observed in March 2018. We will likely see plover numbers continue to dwindle as we move into late spring and summer. Dogs – both on- and off-leash – continue to be observed at areas with suitable plover habitat, including Malibu Lagoon.

The next plover survey is coming up May 16th-24th! This window is set by USFWS, and unfortunately it only encompasses one weekend this time around. I will be in touch over the next month about beach assignments. If you’re someone who has sat the last few surveys out and you’d like to jump in, please send me an email so I can connect you with a team.

Will plovers nest again in LA County? Help us find out! In 2017 and 2018 plovers started nesting on our beaches in April. Beaches in counties north and south of us have already confirmed the presence of nests for 2019 (take a visit to Coal Oil Point Reserve if you can!). We would love your help with weekly monitoring of key sites to better detect nesting activities and to keep an eye on any nests that are found. If you would like to participate, please let me know, and I will add you to the schedule. For now, sites will be Dockweiler, Santa Monica, and Malibu Lagoon.

We’re also welcoming new volunteers for Least Tern monitoring as well, with upcoming trainings scheduled for April 18th, April 25th, and May 5th. Interested volunteers can contact me directly.


Stacey Vigallon
Los Angeles Audubon
I’m often in the field and/or working with students. Your email correspondence is important to me, but it may take me some time to get back to you. Thanks for your patience!

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