Tuesday, April 1, 2008

One more volunteer opportunity

If you know of other volunteer or intern opportunities that are conservation related then please post them here, especially any you may have had experience with.

Snowy Plovers are Nesting Once Again at Coal Oil Point Reserve!

Our last count on Friday, March 28th, revealed 4 plover nests, a total of 8
snowy plover eggs at Coal Oil Point Reserve. It takes about 28 days for the
eggs to hatch. About a month from now we'll have little plover chicks running
around on the sandy beach.

The snowy plover is a threatened species. Nesting on the open sand makes them
very vulnerable. Often their eggs and chicks are at risk of being stepped on or
destroyed by unknowing beach users or off leash dogs.

The Snowy Plover Docent Program (SPDP) was started in 2001 to assist
with the protection of the Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point Reserve, and to raise
awareness in the community of the importance of the preservation of this
species and its habitat.

The commitment of each Plover Docent volunteer has contributed toward the
success of recovering the nesting population at Coal Oil Point. Each docent
plays a crucial role in the protection of the plovers by educating beach users
about this threatened species and what they can do to improve the chances for
the plovers' survival. Docents provide a personal and friendly contact for
beach users. They promote public interest and understanding, and in turn,
dramatically increase the effectiveness of other plover/tern management
efforts at the Reserve.

Can you spare 2 hours per week? If so, you could make a significant contribution
as a Volunteer Docent or an Intern for the Snowy Plover Docent Program.

The next training is

*Saturday, April 5th, 9AM-1:30PM*

To register, please contact the Program Coordinator, Jennifer Stroh:
office: 805-893-3703
vcml: 805-880-1195



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