I am glad to hear that you chose such an important
topic. Nobody really knows how many plovers we
had before they became endangered. We know that
there were several thousands and that they were
one of the most common birds on the beach.
Presently we have about 2,000.
and particularly the Santa Barbara and San Luis
Obispo counties are the areas with most of the
plovers today. Managers of state parks, federal
lands, and county parks are erecting symbolic
fences to protect the Snowy Plovers from people
walking on the beach, who could inadvertently step
on their eggs. They also have docent programs to
educate people about the need to protect these
You are welcome to visit our plover
population at Coal Oil Point Reserve. This is a
UCSB reserve dedicated to research and education.
Right now you can see nests and chicks at the
beach and in our nursery (where we raise abandoned
eggs). Our website http://coaloilpoint.ucnrs.org
has a lot of information about our program. Under
the snowy plover program page, you will see a
calendar that has dates for training of future
docents. Even if you don't want to be a docent,
you can attend the lecture and tour at the next
training date and learn a lot about plovers.
Good luck with your report.
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