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 - June 6, 2020

June 02, 2020 Posted by: Matt Lau

This is the first update of the 2020 snowy plover breeding season. We have had an active breeding season so far: 21 total nests, of which three have hatched and 14 failed. Causes of nest failure include: depredation by common ravens (n = 8 or 57%), nest abandonment (n = 4) and tidal overwash (n = 1). One nest failed for unknown reasons, but it was likely taken by a predator.


Last updated: June 6, 2020

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