[Biology-U-L] Volunteer or intern for the Snowy Plover Docent Program

Biology Undergraduate List biology-u-l at mentor.lscf.ucsb.edu
Wed Aug 29 07:36:47 PDT 2007

Volunteer or intern for the Snowy Plover Docent Program! The next volunteer
training is on Saturday, September 8th, from 9AM-4PM at the Cliff House, Coal
Oil Point Reserve.

The Western Snowy Plover and CA Least Tern are small shorebirds in need of our
help. Habitat destruction and increased human recreation on beaches have caused
dramatic declines in their populations over the past few decades, leading to
their protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The Snowy Plover Docent Program (SPDP) was started in August of 2001 to assist
in 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 program recruits, trains, and organizes volunteers
to become Plover Docents. Each docent plays a crucial role in the protection of
the plovers by educating beach users about this threatened species and how to
use the beach responsibly. 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.

The SPDP operates at Coal Oil Point Reserve, which lies between Isla Vista and
Ellwood shores near west campus. Our office is located near the beach entrance,
across form the Cliff House. The nearest major cross streets are El Colegio and
Storke Road.

For more information or to register for the September 8th training, please
contact Jennifer Stroh, Program Coordinator, 805-893-3703, 805-880-1195
stroh at lifesci.ucsb.edu

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