Saturday, March 25, 2017

MCAS COMMUNITY PROGRAM: Western Snowy Plover

WHAT: Western Snowy Plover
WHEN: Monday, April 17th
WHERE: SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Park
PRESENTER: Regina Orr, Environmental Scientist with California State Parks

The Western Snowy Plover is a small sand- colored shorebird that lives and breeds on beaches along the West Coast. You may already appreciate this small bird, but many people are unaware of its existence, even when it is practically at their feet! Human activity has caused it to become a Threatened species. National Audubon has also categorized it as Climate Threatened; it is projected to lose more than 50% of its winter range by 2080. Though it is fairly abundant locally, elsewhere it is hanging on for survival. Come learn about the plover, their habits, current status, and efforts to protect them.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Regena began working for California State Parks in 1995. As an Environmental Scientist, she currently manages the Western Snowy Plover program for State Parks in the Morro Bay area, which has the largest breeding population of snowy plovers in the State Park System.

Prior to the program, there will be a short membership meeting to elect MCAS Board members for the upcoming term

Drinks and snacks will be provided courtesy of MCAS. Please bring your own cup or mug. All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public.  As always, all ages are welcome.