DSC_6168Thanks to all who quickly juggled their schedules to help with the 2016 International Piping Plover Winter Census. We were originally scheduled to complete both the Piping Plover Survey and the Annual Winter Shorebird survey on January 27th. However, weather reports for the 27th were dismal. The Piping Plover survey is completed only once every five years and was deemed a priority so a last minute change was made to conduct the Plover survey only on January 25th.  Following a strategy meeting at Ken & Margo Wenzel’s house eight of us hit the beach to survey the 10 miles of shoreline from the Smyrna Dunes Park south boundary to the Canaveral National Seashore north boundary.

We reported 3 PIPLs – one with a band – and 30 Red Knots. The response to our reports from Billy Brooks, U S Fish & Wildlife Service coordinator was “Awesome”.

Dick & Gail