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2016 Piping Plover Census - Call for Volunteers!

Exact dates: TBD (within the first two weeks of June 2016)

The International Piping Plover Census is the longest running shorebird census in North America to cover nearly the entire breeding range of a single species. This coming summer will mark the 6th such census, and Nature Saskatchewan will once again be coordinating the Saskatchewan portion. This census will be especially important as we hope to see a recovery of Piping Plover numbers from the 2011 census which had the fewest birds observed since 1991.

We are looking for volunteers who have time to check for Piping Plovers on gravelly beaches, lake shorelines, or alkali wetlands at one or more locations in Saskatchewan. Surveyors will receive information on the Piping Plover, census instructions, a detailed map of the search basin(s) and a census form(s) to fill out. Expenses incurred for food, accommodation and/or gas will be offset by honoraria, pending funding. Piping Plover hats will also be provided to surveyors. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the ongoing conservation of Piping Plovers while exploring a unique portion of Saskatchewan’s great landscape. Your assistance is always greatly appreciated, and is needed in 2016 more than ever. Please consider being a part of this important project.

For more information about this census, or if you would like to participate, contact Alan Smith the Saskatchewan Coordinator at (306) 868-4554, or by email at

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