Piping Plovers 2018

Early May

© Neal Mutiger

There are currently four pair of piping plover at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park!  To minimize impacts, or limit disturbance, to the birds, perimter fencing has been put in place around the area that the birds are using for feeding, nesting and mating. As a change this year, rope fencing is being used as opposed to snow fencing.  The rope fencing, strung between T-bars, is refered to as 'psychological fencing'.  The psychological fencing will provide as less unsightly barrier for protection.  


© Neal Mutiger

Piping plover feed along the shoreline, eating insects and spiders.

Volunteer Guardian Information

Now that the plovers are here, we are recruiting both returning and new piping plover guardians.  Volunteer training for the 2018 season is at: Nancy Island Histric Site theatre on Friday, May 25 at 5:30pm.  

New to this year, returning volunteers are not required to attend the spring time training session.  The training session will be specifically aimed at new volunteers or those with basic knowledge that would like a refresher course.  

For more information, please contact Patricia at (705)429-2516 or Patricia.L.Davidson@ontario.ca 

May 11

© Neal Mutiger

Ploverland has been busy over the past week.  Our first pair has nested and to protect the site from predators, a mini exclosure has been placed over the scrape.  A full sized exclosure will replace the mini exclosure in the near future.  In the meantime, the mini exclosure will work well to keep predators (gulls, etc.) away from the four eggs. Two other pairs of plovers are busy establishing their territory.  A fourth pair has not been seen recently, but their absence is unlikely due to predation.  Pairs will seek nest sites in other areas and so this is considered to be highly likely in this case.  We are continuing to survey other potential nesting sites.

May 24

Exciting news!  We now have placed full sized predator exclosures over each of the three plover nests!  We were delayed in placing the larger sized exclosures due to the cooler weather that we have been having.  While placing the larger exclosures we try to minimze the disturbance to the birds so as to limit the amount of time that they are away from incubating the four eggs in each of the nest scrapes.  Warmer weather is prefered so as to not have the chance of the cooler weather impacting the eggs while the adults are off of the nest.  

The boardwalk in Beach Area 1 has been slightly rerouted and fenced to provide the birds on Nest #3 space to incubate comfortably.   Fencing will be removed after the eggs hatch.  

In addition to Wasaga Beach's three nests, there are two in Sauble Beach.  As of May 20th, across the Great Lakes region, there are thirty active nests!  A few single piping plover have been identified at other sites within Ontario.  

Contact Us

For more information about Piping Plovers or to volunteer as a Plover Guardian, call (705) 429-2516 or contact Patricia.L.Davidson@ontario.ca

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