Volunteers who want to learn more about Delaware’s endangered piping plovers and other beachnesting birds, and find out how they can join DNREC’s monitoring team are invited to a free training session from 10 a.m. to noon on May 11, at the Biden Center at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
The session will begin with refreshments and a slideshow, followed by a discussion on the monitoring program and how volunteers can help to ensure that the state’s beachnesting shorebirds are given the peace and quiet they need to successfully rear their chicks.
Weather permitting, the training group will venture out to the Point at Cape Henlopen to look for piping plovers and other shorebirds feeding on the tidal flats. A few birding scopes and pairs of binoculars will be available for use, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own optics if they have them.
Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey of the Division of Fish and Wildlife hopes the session will draw both new and seasoned volunteers – and plenty of them – to help DNREC staff in their efforts to protect beachnesters and educate the public.
“Volunteers are critical to our protection efforts," Bailey said. "When posted at the boundaries of the nesting areas, they can help explain facts about breeding birds and the importance of keeping closed areas free of human disturbance. Having volunteers supplement our staff also provides more people with the chance to better understand how humans can make a difference in the breeding success of beachnesting birds."
Preregistration is encouraged but not required. Park entrance fees will be waived for volunteers attending the training by notifying the fee booth attendant. For more information, please contact Wildlife Biologist Matt Bailey at (302) 382-4151 or email email@example.com