Contact: Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Training for volunteer piping plover,
beachnesting bird monitors to be held on May 19
LEWES (May 2, 2012) – Volunteers who want to learn more about Delaware’s endangered piping plovers and other beachnesting birds and find out how they can join DNREC’s monitoring team are invited to a free training session from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, at the Biden Center at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
The session will begin with refreshments and a slideshow, followed by a discussion on the monitoring program and how volunteers can help to ensure that our beachnesting shorebirds are given the peace and quiet they need to successfully rear their chicks.
Weather permitting, the group will finish out the session by venturing out to the Point at Cape Henlopen to look for piping plovers and other shorebirds that will likely be out on the tidal flats feeding. A few birding scopes and pairs of binoculars will be available for use, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own optics if they have them.
Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey hopes the session will draw both new and seasoned volunteers – and plenty of them – to help DNREC staff in their efforts to protect beachnesters and educate the public.
“Volunteers are critical to our protection efforts. When posted at the boundaries of the nesting areas, they can help explain facts about breeding birds and the importance of keeping closed areas free of human disturbance. Without having volunteers to supplement the coverage our staff can provides, many people might never have the chance to better understand how humans can make a difference in the breeding success of beachnesting birds,” Bailey said.
Preregistration is encouraged, but attendees also will be accepted at the door. Park entrance fees will be waived for volunteers attending the training by notifying the fee booth attendant. For more information, please contact Wildlife Biologist Matt Bailey at 302-382-4151 or email email@example.com.
Vol. 42, No. 164