Snowy Plover Updates – 2020

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During the western snowy plover breeding season, park docents help monitor and protect nesting sites and help create awareness and educate visitors about this threatened species and its life cycle. Visitors have expressed interest in the plovers and are pleased to have staff and docents in the field answering all types of naturalist questions. Through the summer, park staff create updates to let staff, volunteers, and visitors know the latest on what is happening out at the nesting sites. Click on one of the links below to find out how the Snowy Plovers at Point Reyes were doing at the time. To learn more about becoming a Snowy Plover Docent, please visit our Volunteer page.

Snowy Plover Update - September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020 Posted by: Matt Lau

The last two nests of the season hatched just as the Woodward Fire began; one of these broods was banded while the second brood hatched without the usual banding process. We ended the season with 10 fledglings from 39 nests! Considering the abysmal low survival rate for chicks and nests during the first half of the season, we can consider this a success. The next few weeks will involve regular surveys of winter flocks that have coalesced on Point Reyes beaches.


Snowy Plover Update - July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020 Posted by: Matt Lau

The park's plover breeding population has increased significantly to 39 adults. While nest success is around average, chick survival has been significantly low this year. But we still have a few nests to hatch in the coming weeks and we recently had several nests hatch. Park staff have also observed snowy plovers congregating into their "winter" or nonbreeding flocks in the past two weeks.


Last updated: June 6, 2020

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