Snowy Plover nesting time, please keep fido on a leash

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Here in West Marin we are so very fortunate to be a part of a delicate and diverse ecosystem.

Western Snowy Plovers, a small shore bird, attempt to nest here each spring, as they have for thousands of years.

With a total population of approximately 2000 birds along the entire Pacific coast (~5000 birds world-wide), giving them the room and time they need to court, build a nest, mate and raise their young is critical to the survival of the species. Each year at Point Reyes, no more than a dozen chicks survive longer than 28 days after hatching.

Please set a good example for the rest of the state that comes to visit and keep your dog on leash at all times in the National Seashore.

As I have learned the past few years, all local dogs are well behaved and do not chase birds.

So whether you are/were on the board of a prominent local environmental action group, a famous photographer, wrangler of all things radio, emporium owner, Tenured professor or anyone else that lives in West Marin, please set a great example and keep your dog on leash when visiting the seashore.

Not only is it the law, the survival of an entire species of birds depends you!

Three Western Snowy Plover eggs in a scrape (nest)

Three Western Snowy Plover eggs in a scrape (nest)

2 thoughts on “Snowy Plover nesting time, please keep fido on a leash

  1. This is near and dear to my heart. The plovers are indeed fragile (and adorable!). When I lived in La Honda and frequented the San Mateo County beaches, they would cordon off the nesting area and post signs. Is this not done in Marin County? It is a great idea. At the time I had 2 golden retriever dogs that I took to the beach most times off-leash since they were so good about listening to me. When I came across the snowy plover nesting ground I was not only educated, but I educated other beach-goers. Thank you so much for this important post.

  2. Love ‘One Dog and His Man’ . . . pictures do speak a thousand words . . .

    Beautiful shot of the plover nest! They don’t try and nest on Doran (thank goodness) but I do believe they attempt nesting on Salmon Creek North and dogs are not allowed on that section of beach although people break the rules continually. I will make a point of taking walks over there to check it out. Thanks for the ‘heads up’.

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