Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Outreach, Education and Stewardship Program along the Lake Huron Shoreline.
The Piping Plover Outreach, Education Stewardship program engages & educates the public on Piping Plover & their recovery via on-beach public engagement, presentations, events, activities, handouts, print & social media and community contacts all serving to raise awareness & appreciation for this endangered species sharing our shores. Also provided is a level of threat mitigation to the plovers, and citizen science data collection.
Some of our key objectives include:
To inspire and enable people to become involved in species at risk stewardship and protection through outreach, volunteer recruitment, activities and other forms of engagement.
To promote the benefits of nesting Piping Plover as an ecotourism attraction, and a resultant economic, environmental and social benefit to the local municipality and the business community. This includes working toward instilling a sense of community pride by contribting to the recovery of a rare, endangered species.
To support dune and beach conservation management practices to protect habitat of Piping Plover, promote and increase appreciation of healthy beaches for people and plovers.
To build inter-provincial and international connections with other nesting site locations or wintering area, their stewardship groups and programs in order to share information and ideas, to promote open and timely communications on relevant matters and to increase overall knowledge of plover life-cycle.