Western Snowy Plover

Volunteer to Help the Western Snowy Plover

Help this special bird at a beach near you.
Photo: Jenny Erbes

Volunteer opportunities vary by location and include counting birds, serving as a docent to talk to the public about the birds, habitat restoration (weed pulling etc), picking up trash, helping install temporary fencing and signs, assisting chapters with school groups, patrolling nesting areas, and more!

Use our interactive map to explore Snowy Plover volunteer opportunities at beaches near you. Snowy Plover beaches are shown as dots. Those with a blue V have volunteer programs. Click on a dot to see more information, including the beach name, whether it has public access, the types of volunteering opportunities available, program contact information, and charts showing local population trends in both the breeding season and the winter (where data are available). Turn on other layers to view Important Bird Areas, local Audubon chapters, and protected areas.

Click here for a larger version. Contact information is also summarized in a table here (PDF format).

You are also invited to fill out our Western Snowy Plover Volunteer Application so we can find an opportunity that best matches your interests. General questions may be directed to snowyplover@audubon.org.

Volunteers counting birds at the beach

Learn More about Volunteer Opportunities with Audubon Chapters

Mendocino Coast Audubon

Golden Gate Audubon

Monterey Peninsula Audubon 

Morro Coast Audubon

Santa Barbara Audubon

Ventura Audubon

Los Angeles Audubon

Sea and Sage Audubon

San Diego Audubon

Special thanks to the Snowy Plover monitors and Urban Wildlands Group for providing data (www.westernsnowyplover.org) and to the Marla Morrissey Foundation for providing funding for this map and website. 

How you can help, right now