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Maritimes Piping Plover Conservation Program

Get Involved

Follow these best practices when you visit the beach!

Watch for and respect signs marking sensitive nesting habitat

Walk on wet sand to avoid disturbing plover families

Keep pets on-leash

Carry out food waste and trash from the beach and avoid feeding wildlife

Report sightings of Piping Plovers and banded birds to

Share best practices and information with other beachgoers

Chat about plovers and the beach with your friends and family, neighbours, municipal councillor, and local media

Encourage others to get involved

Become a Piping Plover Volunteer!

Our volunteers include students, retirees, and amateur naturalists. You can help make beaches safer and healthier for Piping Plovers and other wildlife.

  • Help reduce human disturbance by sharing best practices with beachgoers
  • Protect sensitive habitat using signs and fencing, preventing nests and nesting habitat from being trampled
  • Collect information to increase our understanding of plover breeding success and threats on beaches. The results inform policy, habitat management, and enforcement efforts

You can volunteer daily, weekly, or a few times each summer. There are many ways you can get involved! Learn more by exploring our Piping Plover Training Guide.

Interested in volunteering? Contact:

Laura Bartlett,
Nova Scotia Program Coordinator
Bird Studies Canada
Phone/voicemail 902-426-4055 or

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