photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
What does a monitor do?
Monitors will watch for the presence of piping plovers along the beaches of Minnesota and Wisconsin points during the spring migration and summer nesting. When any plovers are spotted, monitors will keep detailed records of the number of birds, their locations, and the types of behavior the birds may be exhibiting. Training will be provided by our plover monitoring staff.
A Piping Plover was spotted on Minnesota Point by two of the SLRA Piping Plover Monitors at the beginning of June. Thanks to Shawn Zierman, we were able have this image of the siting. Notice the orange bands on its leg.
What knowledge and experience to do you need? We would like volunteers to be able to commit six to ten hours a week in two hour intervals. It is important that volunteers have some knowledge and experience in bird species identification. We need volunteers who are willing to work in the field under any weather conditions. You will need to have binoculars or a spotting scope to use for your field work.
If you would like to apply, please download and complete the application below and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions email or call the St. Louis River Alliance. (218.733.9520)
Click here for the Volunteer Application Form
The St. Louis River Alliance was busy in August and September presenting information to youth and adults on Plovers and the findings of this summer’s research. Read about those efforts in the October issue of The River Voice.
Information About Plovers
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Piping Plover Critical Habitat
- National Parks Service Great Lakes Piping Plover
- University of Minnesota Great Lakes Waterbird Research Program
- Maine’s Piping Plovers Recovery project: