How Can You Help Plovers?
Piping Plovers arrive on Nova Scotia beaches in late April and May. From May to August, plovers lay their eggs on the beach between the grassy dunes and the high-tide mark (see illustration below). Their camouflaged eggs and flightless chicks are difficult to see on the sand, thus people, dogs or vehicles can crush them by accident.
How to help:
- From May through August, keep clear of sensitive nesting areas. Walk on wet sand whenever possible and don't linger near rope fencing and plover signs.
- Keep pets on a leash. Dogs can chase plovers and scare plovers from their nests.
- Keep the beach clean. Take food and garbage with you when you leave. Participate in or organize beach clean-ups between September and mid-April when plovers are not breeding.
- Don't drive on beaches or dunes. Vehicles can crush eggs and chicks, and can damage beach and dune habitat.
- Share these tips with others and report violations to NS Dept of Natural Resource's conservation hotline (1-800-565-2224).
- Help with educational outreach or habitat protection. Volunteer or donate to the Nova Scotia Piping Plover Conservation Program.