TIMES AND LOCATIONS
General Meetings: 7:00 PM, 2nd Tuesday of the month, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Programs begin at 7:30 PM.
Board meetings 6:00 PM, 2nd Tuesday of the month, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. For the current agenda or to request minutes click here.
Monthly meetings of the Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society are free. Members and non-members are welcome! Meetings are held at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, at the corner of Forest and Central in Pacific Grove . . second Tuesday of the month. Doors open for socializing at 7:00 PM with soft drinks and cookies provided by MPAS hospitality.
Programs begin at 7:30. Please join us--and bring a friend!
TUESDAY MAY 9
Western Snowy Plovers, an update on the status of Monterey Bay’s iconic, threatened species, with Carelton Eyster.
The Western Snowy Plover has been listed as threatened since 1993 and is a California Species of Special Concern. Since their listing this species' population has been recovering due to conservation efforts, but there is more science, conservation and outreach to do.
A leading regional science and conservation organization, Point Blue (fka Point Reyes Bird Observatory), has focused much of their efforts on figuring out what helps and hurts plover nesting success and what influences survival of adult and young plovers. They have learned that plover egg and chick loss varies widely from place to place and from year to year, but have discerned some trends. For eggs, strong winds, high tides, and trampling by humans destroy them, but predation by foxes, ravens, skunks or other predators usually outweigh all other factors. For chicks and adults we are seeing that predators, severe weather, and disease all contribute to annual mortality. Even more pressingly, since 2002, ravens have colonized the coast from San Mateo to San Luis Obispo counties by exploiting human infrastructures and food sources. Once absent from these areas, now ravens destroy plover nests along many miles of beach. This information helps inform education and management efforts to decrease predation pressures.
Join us as we welcome Carleton Esyter of Point Blue for an important update on Point Blue’s effort to conserve Monterey Bay’s Western Snowy Plovers.