Western Snowy Plover breeding season is ramping up on California beaches. While this bird is making a comeback, it is still listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act because of the many challenges its small population faces. You can help by taking some of the following steps:
- Respect the fences and signs, and stay outside of areas roped off for breeding Snowy Plovers
- Keep dogs on leash, or away from the beach. Or consider a dog-friendly beach.
- Organize a trash cleanup or just pick up trash! Participate in annual Coastal Clean up Day.
- Do not release balloons.
- Avoid use of loud or large flying things that snowy plovers perceive as predators: drones, fireworks, kites, etc.
- Volunteer with your local coastal Audubon chapter.
- Grab your scope or binoculars and enjoy watching Western Snowy Plovers scurrying along the beach searching for insects or tending their young
- Educate others about these amazing birds and encourage people to Share the Shore with birds
We've got more information on Western Snowy Plover conservation here.