Birdwatching Canada

A voice for the northern birds

Piping Plover Guardians Needed

After a 30-year absence of breeding Piping Plovers, a pair successfully nested in Ontario in 2007, and four pairs of this endangered species nested in the province in 2008. Bird Studies Canada are pleased to announce that Piping Plovers are nesting in Ontario again this season. Nests have been established at both Wasaga Beach and Sauble Beach. All nests are protected from predators with exclosures, and are monitored by volunteers. Beach users are asked to stay outside of the fenced areas that surround the nests, and to look for the volunteer plover guardians for advice on how to observe the plovers.

Piping plovers Photo: Brendan Toews

Piping plovers Photo: Brendan Toews

Volunteer guardians spend time on the beach monitoring and protecting the plovers, and educating the public about these rare birds and the efforts underway to protect them. More guardians are needed. If you are interested in volunteering at Sauble Beach, contact Stew Nutt at 519-372-8588 or, or for Wasaga Beach, contact Kim Jaxa-Debicki at (705) 429-2516 or

Monitoring and coordinating protection for the plovers is a collaborative effort of government and non-government partners including the Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Parks, and Bird Studies Canada, with important support from the local municipalities and numerous volunteers.

For more details, see Bird Studies Canada.


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One Response

  1. Becky Lake says:

    I believe there is a nest at my cabin in the Sault Ste. Marie area. A little bird showed up last year and sat on the rock by the lake, bouncing it’s butt and peeping. It showed up again this year, bouncing and peeping.

    One evening, I arrived at the cabin late in the day and my dog went down to the lake to get a drink. The sun was setting and in my eyes but I was able to catch a glimpse of a little puff of a chick running across the rock to the safety of the brush with my dog sniffing behind. All was ok, the dog came when I called and I kept him from the area the rest of our stay.

    During that, the adult bird was flying in the area and it reminded me of the “killdeers” we have here in Indiana. That is want lead me to search for what type of bird this was. My family has owned this lake property since the 1950’s and I don’t ever recall seeing this type of bird until last year.

    Just thought I would share and I look forward to anyone else sharing their insight.

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