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Contact: James Aliberti, 415-464-5925
Point Reyes National Seashore is offering training to become Snowy Plover Docent Volunteers for the summer of 2012. Training is scheduled for June 16, 2012, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Bear Valley area of Point Reyes National Seashore. Individuals 18 years and older are welcome to become Snowy Plover Docents. The training is free.
Snowy Plover Docents assist park management in balancing wildlife protection and visitor recreation, specifically by helping to protect threatened Western Snowy Plovers from disturbance during the nesting season and creating awareness among park visitors on the beach and at trailheads.
Benefits to the docents include working in a beautiful park setting; experiencing and learning about Point Reyes National Seashore; receiving training from park managers about the park's snowy plovers and related resources; and deriving satisfaction in serving and educating a variety of park visitors while helping to protect the nesting snowy plover population.
Essential qualities of Snowy Plover Docent Volunteers include: interest and desire to serve others; good oral communication skills; ability to be non-confrontational; and abilities to interact with a variety of people and to work as part of a team and independently. Docents must also be able to spend a majority of the time standing, walking, and/or hiking; able to tolerate wind, fog, cold, and blowing sand; and be comfortable around people and dogs. Docents commit to volunteering a minimum of 2 weekend days per month from now through Labor Day.
Point Reyes National Seashore is located one hour north of San Francisco on the Marin coast and encompasses over 71,000 acres, including 32,000 acres of wilderness area. Over 2.5 million people visit the park annually. Estuaries, windswept beaches, coastal grasslands, salt marshes, and coniferous forests create a haven of 80 miles of unspoiled and undeveloped coastline. Abundant recreational opportunities include 147 miles of hiking trails, backcountry campgrounds, and numerous beaches.