Piping Plover Biology

Piping Plovers are listed as an endangered species in Canada and is regulated under Ontario's Endangered Species Act. These are shorebirds that may be seen on Wasaga's beachfront which provides excellent habitat for them to nest. In general, plovers nest on wide beaches that have some gravel or cobble cover, little vegetative cover and a large distance from nest site to treeline. Nests placed in sites with little vegetative cover, and at a distance from the treeline provide adult birds with clear visibility over long distances. This nesting behaviour may be the result of a predator avoidance strategy. The presence of shells or cobble may indicate higher ground that is less likely to be flooded and is therefore safer.

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Piping Plovers - 2016 Updates

Adult Plover Brooding Chicks

© Neal Mitigur

After a successful 2015 season, the Piping Plovers thankfully returned to Wasaga Beach in May 2016 for a 9th season at the park.  Within weeks of their anticipated return, volunteers observed a total of 16 adult plovers along the shoreline in Beach Area 1; 10 of which paired up to establish 5 new nests.  Of the 10 birds, 8 are returning Wasaga Beach alumni from previous years and 2 are newcomers to this particular nesting site.  The estimated hatch will take place mid-June (June 10-23).   More Info..

Piping Plovers 2015

2015 was the 8th consecutive year that Piping Plovers nested on the shores of Wasaga Beach. Our first plover was sited on April 15. There were four nesting pairs. More Info..

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