Western Snowy Plover Conservation
If you’re a current participant on our monitoring program and are looking for survey materials, please click here on Snowy Plover Volunteer.
If you’re an agency looking for maps of plover locations on Los Angeles County beaches, please click here on Snowy Plover Agencies.
If you’re here to learn more about the Western Snowy Plover and Los Angeles Audubon’s role in its conservation, please read on!
Proposed Snowy Plover Protection Zones
The links below allow access to maps of proposed Special Protection Zones at major Snowy Plover roost sites on Los Angeles and Orange County beaches. The large black polygons on the maps represent the protection zone boundaries, and the smaller multi-colored polygons represent roost locations over multiple years.
Do you want to help monitor Snowy Plovers or assist in outreach efforts?
We will be conducting county-wide beach surveys in January, March, May, and September of 2017.
Q. What's it like to help survey for Snowy Plovers in Los Angeles County?
A. Volunteering to help survey for Snowy Plovers is a great opportunity to spend some time outdoors. If you're lucky, you'll spot some Snowy Plovers. But even if your beach survey route is plover-less, chances are it will still be great wildlife-viewing. From Long Beach to Malibu, our beaches and lagoons are home to many wildlife species.
The photos below are were taken during a January survey week...
Students get involved!
Students from LA Valley College, Santa Monica College, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Dominguez Hills, LA Trade Tech, and the Youth Justice Coalition have participated in the Snowy Plover Monitoring Program.
DORSEY HIGH CREATES AWARD-WINNING PLOVER FILM
Los Angeles Audubon teamed up with the Dorsey High School Film Production Program to create a public service announcement about the Western Snowy Plover in Los Angeles County. The film can be viewed at our YouTube site (youtube.com/losangelesaudubon). Be sure to check out the version in Spanish too. The film not only won the "Best Editing Award" at the Dorsey High Film Festival last June, but the students were also recognized by speaker Karen Bass of the California Assembly for their contribution to environmental awareness. Students Alma Alegria, Abelino Romo, and Chris Simmons and film teacher Robert Jeffers were present at the July 11th, 2008 Audubon Film Fridays event to screen their film and to receive their certificates on behalf of their class. Congratualtions Dorsey High! MANY thanks also go to all those who donated film footage, photos, illustrations, and expertise.
ENCLOSURE AT MALIBU LAGOON!
Since 2008, plover volunteers have worked with California State Parks to set up seasonal symbolic fencing at Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Many thanks to all the volunteers who help each season, and to Califorina State Parks who are great partners in getting the enclosure from the proposal phase to actual stakes in the ground.
Following are links to Snowy Plover reports (pdf format):
- The Western Snowy Plover in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California: July 2014 to June 2015
- The Western Snowy Plover in Los Angeles and Orange Counties,
California: September 2012 to June 2014
- The Western Snowy Plover in Los Angeles County, California: July 2011 to August 2012
- The Western Snowy Plover in Los Angeles County, California: July 2010 to August 2011
- The Western Snowy Plover In Los Angeles County, California: January to August 2010
Also be sure to check out the LAAS photo gallery of Snowy Plover artwork by students from Weemes and Leo Politi Elementary Schools!
To learn more about the Western Snowy Plover in general, visit www.westernsnowyplover.org, a site that addresses plover issues all along the west coast.