Volunteer opportunities for Piping Plovers differ depending on your location.
Nova Scotia Shorebird Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
Ontario Piping Plover Conservation Program Coordinator
You can help Piping Plovers
1. Obey beach rules and regulations
Rules and regulations vary from beach to beach, but are usually put in place to protect wildlife and beach users. Help maintain our beaches and wildlife by keeping pets on leash and vehicles off the beach where indicated.
2. Respect nesting areas
In the Atlantic, most breeding beaches will be marked with signs. In Ontario, nest sites will be protected with rope fencing. Please remain outside of identified nesting areas, and walk on the wet sand to ensure unmarked nests are not trampled.
3. Leave no trace
“If you pack it in, pack it out”. “Take only photos, leave only footprints”. There’s so many ways to say it, and it’s an extremely important message. Please remove all garbage and food from the beach. Leave natural debris (like driftwood) to ensure a healthy habitat.
4. Get involved
There are many volunteer opportunities in Ontario and the Atlantic, learn about them here. You can also help by reporting your sightings.