A group of ‘citizen scientists’ will educate the public on the plight of the Piping Plover with assistance from a $10,000 donation from Bruce Power.
Stewardship Grey Bruce – an organization composed of various agencies and individuals who support projects that restore, protect and enhance habitats of wildlife and fisheries, as well as the rich diversity of plants and animals found in Grey and Bruce counties – will hold its six-part Beach Talk Series, beginning June 19.
“The Beach Talk Series will give the public greater context as to why the Piping Plover is an endangered species, which only returned to nest on the beaches of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in 2007, after a 30-year absence,” said Norah Toth, chair of Stewardship Grey Bruce. “Our volunteer citizen scientists and beach monitors ensure the Plovers can safely nest on our beaches, separate from human interference. With continued vigilance and education, we hope to see the bird recover to sustainable levels.”
The Bruce Power donation has allowed the Beach Talk Series to be free to the public, while also contributing to a Piping Plover Sister School project, which will see Amabel Sauble Public School students twin with the Cross Bayou Elementary School in Pinellas County, Florida, so they can each learn about the summer and winter lifecycles of the Piping Plovers, Toth added.
The time spent, the passion displayed, and the positive impact of the Plover Lovers cannot be underestimated, said Francis Chua, Bruce Power’s Manager of Environment, Community & Indigenous Relations.
“These volunteer monitors contribute countless hours educating beach-goers about the Piping Plovers during the birds’ breeding season, which runs mid-April to early-August,” Chua said. “They help others understand why it’s important not to disturb their habitat and how we can all do our part to help them return to sustainable levels.
“Though the Beach Series is a more formal educational tool for the Plover Lovers, their day-to-day interaction with the public is truly what will save this endangered species.”
Learn more about the Plover Lovers and the Beach Talk series at ploverlovers.com.
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