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OC Snowy Plover & Least Tern Survey
SNPL in sand
Snowy Plover photos by Holly Fuhrer


INFORMATION ABOUT OUR OC SNPL AND CLTE SURVEYS:
Through grants and support from USFWS, CDFW and San Diego Zoo Global, Sea & Sage Audubon is hosting important surveys of Threatened Western Snowy Plovers and Endangered California Least Terns on Orange County beaches. The original goals of these surveys beginning in 2013, have been to gather important spatial and temporal data on Snowy Plovers and to provide information on how wintering and breeding plovers use our local beaches over time in greater detail than was available before.
 
While these goals remain, in March of 2017, San Diego Zoo Global supported the expansion of these surveys to include the observation and collection of data for the California Least Tern. The purpose is to increase knowledge on how the terns use our beaches and estuaries for pre-nesting roosting and post nesting dispersal, to attempt tracking of marked terns, and to evaluate potential nesting habitat away from known colonies.
 
Our project uses a standardized protocol that is also being used in other areas of coastal California. All data informs the Recovery Plans for these species and is in addition to data collected at other sites in Orange County, such as Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
 
These beach-wide surveys are conducted four times per year. The Lead Biologist for the project is Tom Ryan of Ryan Ecological Consulting, who conducts the training sessions. Monthly roost surveys are conducted by Ross Griswold and other Field Technicians as assigned for the project. Our Volunteer Coordinator is Cheryl Egger. She coordinates the training, beach assignments, and processes all data collected from the surveys. Please contact Cheryl at ocsnplsurvey@gmail.com if you have any questions about the project, training, or to sign up for your beach segment.
 
Volunteers are expected to provide their own binoculars, to attend a training session to learn the protocols (you met this requirement if you attended any of our previous training sessions), and to conduct the survey on their assigned section of beach sometime during the survey window. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to survey a beach segment. Beach assignments will be made by the Volunteer Coordinator based on volunteer interest, with a priority given to those who have previously surveyed a beach, and geographic location of the volunteer.
 
It is truly enjoyable to get out there on the beach to conduct a survey and has proven to be an important way to help those threatened and endangered species of osur own local beaches!
 

Western Snowy Plover Report in LA & Orange Counties Sept. 2014 - Feb. 2017 Final Report


NEXT SURVEY DATES: January 21 - 27, 2018
TRAINING: Volunteers are expected to have attended one of the training sessions, provide their own binoculars, and conduct the survey on their assigned section of beach during the survey period.

The date of the next training session is SATURDAY, JANUARY 13th from10 AM to 12 PM at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in the Learning Center. Check in 9:30. You must RSVP to Cheryl Egger at ocsnplsurvey@gmail.com to save your place in the class.
 


SURVEYORS:
Here are the Forms and instructions you need for the survey:

2017 New protocols and data sheets now include the Least Tern element for the 2017 surveys; please do not use the previous versions. Please read before you attend the training session or the survey. Take a copy with you.
 
OC Snowy Plover-Least Tern Survey Protocols
OC Snowy Plover-Least Tern Survey Training 2017
 

2017 SNPL Newly Revised Data Form Word (5/10/17)
2017 SNPL Newly Revised Data Form
PDF (5/10/17)
Cheryl says, "Please do not use any previous versions, including fill-in forms, for the survey; only use these forms which are now currently posted." Cheryl's email address and PO Box are posted on the bottom of the data form. You will need to scan and email or mail your completed survey form within 24 hours of your survey.

 

Volunteers can choose the day and time to conduct their survey within the official survey period. Please contact Cheryl Egger at if you have any questions about this project or if you wish to sign up for a beach segment for the next survey.

 
BEACH ASSIGNMENTS:
There are 27 segments of beach from which to choose, from Seal Beach south to San Clemente. Each segment (shown in blue) is linked to a separate Google Earth map) - Those beaches which have been signed up for are marked with two asterisks and the birders' names.

The beach segments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given according to the survey protocol, by the Volunteer Coordinator. Ideally, under the survey protocol, there will be at least two surveyors conducting the survey for each beach segment. If you are interested in signing up for a beach for the next survey, select a beach from the open choices below and contact Cheryl Egger at ocsnplsurvey@gmail.com to reserve your choice. Beaches are "open" beaches until at least two participants have signed up for them. The beaches are described below.
 
SECTION 1: Seal Beach south to Huntington Beach
OC 1 - Seal Beach — 1st St. to North end of Anaheim Bay - (1.6 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: D. Hays & J. Maher
May 2017 survey: D. Hays & J. Maher
March 2017 survey: D. Hays
January 2017 survey: J. Yeutter & Z. Purim-Adimor
Sept. 2016 survey: C. Whetstone
May 2016 survey: C. Whetstone
March 2016 survey: L. Dorough & R. Villanueva  
January 2016 survey: E. Yang  
September 2015 survey: C. Whetstone  
May 2015 survey: C. Whetstone  
March 2015 survey: D. Gellene & J. Bates  
January 2015 survey: C. Van Oosten & C. Whetstone
   
OC 2 - Surfside South of Anaheim outlet to 19th St. - (1.8 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: J. Yeutter & D. Yeutter
May 2017 survey: j. Yeutter & D. Yeutter
March 2017 survey: C. Whetstone
January 2017 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan
Sept. 2016 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan
May 2016 survey: V. Valenzuela & P. Albers
March 2016 survey: C. Whetstone & C. Van Osten
January 2016 survey: D. Gellene & J. Bates
September 2015 survey: D. Yeutter & J. Yeutter
May 2015 survey: J. Yeutter & D. Yeutter
March 2015 survey: J. Yeutter & D. Yeutter
January 2015 survey: J. Yeutter & D. Yeutter
 
OC 3 - Sunset Beach19th St. to Warner Ave. - (1.3 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: C. Whetstone
May 2017 survey: C. Whetstone
March 2017 survey: C. Whetstone
January 2017 survey: C. Whetstone
Sept. 2016 survey: J. Yeutter & D. Hays
May 2016 survey: J. Yeutter & D. Yeutter
March 2016 survey: M. Andaloro
January 2016 survey: M. Andaloro
September 2015 survey: M. Andaloro
May 2015 survey: M. Andaloro
March 2015 survey: L. Dorough & J. Khalili
January 2015 survey: V. Valenzuela & P. Albers
 
OC 4 - Bolsa Chica State Beach 1 — Warner Ave. to PCH entrance to Bolsa Chica SB - (2.2 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan
May 2017 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan
March 2017 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan
January 2017 survey: D. Gellene
Sept. 2016 survey: D. Gellene & G. Johnson
May 2016 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan
March 2016 survey: J. Yeutter & D. Yeutter  
January 2016 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan  
September 2015 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan  
May 2015 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan  
March 2015 survey: B. Levitan  
January 2015 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan  
   
OC 5 - Bolsa Chica State Beach 2 — PCH entrance to Bolsa Chica SB to South Spit of Bolsa Bay - (2.0 km)
January 2018 survey:  
Sept. 2017 survey: N. Kappelmann & J. Stacy  
May 2017 survey: N. Kappelmann & J. Stacy  
March 2017 survey: N. Kappelmann & J. Stacy  
January 2017 survey: N. Kappelmann & J. Stacy  
Sept. 2016 survey: N. Kappelmann & J. Stacy  
May 2016 survey: N. Kappelmann & J. Stacy  
March 2016 survey: N . Kappelmann & J. Stacy  
January 2016 survey: J. Stacy & N. Kappelmann  
September 2015 survey: N. Kappelmann & J. Stacy  
May 2015 survey: N. Kappelmann & J. Stacy  
March 2015 survey: N. Kappelmann & J. Stacy  
January 2015 survey: J. Stacy & N. Kappelmann & M. Myers  
 
OC 6 - Huntington City Beach 1South Spit to Bolsa Bay to Golden West St; Huntington Dog Beach is now included - (2.4 km)
January 2018 survey:  
Sept. 2017 survey: J. Black & B. Sandstrom  
May 2017 survey: D. Gellene & G. Johnson  
March 2017 survey: R. Villaneuv &, L. Dorough  
January 2017 survey: J. Khalili  
Sept. 2016 survey: J. Khalili  
May 2016 survey: R. Villaneuva & L. Dorough  
March 2016 survey: B. Levitan & A. Levitan  
January 2016 survey: K. Black & B. Sandstrom  
September 2015 survey: M. & M. Nguyen  
May 2015 survey: J. Khalilli  
March 2015 survey: D. Lithow  
January 2015 survey: C. Grozinger & S. Grozinger  
 
OC 7 - Huntington City Beach 2Golden West St. to Main St. Pier - (1.9 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: L. McDougall & C. Steinberg
May 2017 survey: K. Black & B. Sandstrom
March 2017 survey: T. Dee & S. Shaffer
January 2017 survey: J. Khalili
Sept. 2016 survey: J. Khalili
May 2016 survey: J. Khalilli
March 2016 survey: L. Dorough, R. Villanueva, A. Lebsock  
January 2016 survey: C. Whetstone  
September 2015 survey: C. Stouoghton & J. Hall  
May 2015 survey: J. Khalilli  
March 2015 survey: E. Yang  
January 2015 survey: J. Bates & D. Gellene  
 
OC 8 - Huntington City Beach 3 Main Street Pier to Beach Blvd. - (1.7 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: J. Hall & C. Stoughton
May 2017 survey: J. Hall & C. Stoughton
March 2017 survey: J. Hall & C. Stoughton
January 2017 survey: J. Hall & C. Stoughton
Sept. 2016 survey: J. Hall & C. Stoughton
May 2016 survey: J. Hall & C. Stoughton
January 2016 survey: J. Hall & C. Stoughton  
September 2015 survey: A. Alvarado & L. Gonzales  
May 2015 survey: D. Gellene & J. Bates  
March 2015 survey: M. Andalaro  
January 2015 survey: K. Grabenstein & N. Papian  
 
OC 9 - Huntington State Beach Beach Blvd. to Canal South of Least Tern Colony - (3.4 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: D. Lithgow, B. Aird, C. George, M. Schlothan
May 2017 survey: D. Lithgow, B. Aird, C. George
March 2017 survey: D. Lithgow, B. Aird, C. George
January 2017 survey: D. Lithgow, C. George, B. Aird
Sept. 2016 survey: D. Lithgow, C. George, J. Vu
May 2016 survey: D. Lithgow, B. Aird, C. George
March 2016 survey: D. Lithgow, B. Aird, C. George
January 2016 survey: D. Lithgow, B. Aird, C. George
September 2015 survey: D. Lithgow, B. Aird, C. George
May 2015 survey: D. Lithgow
March 2015 survey: L. Nguyen  
January 2015 survey: D. Lithgow, B. Aird, C. George
   
SECTION 2: Newport to Laguna Beach
OC 10 - Newport Beach 1Canal South of Least Tern Colony to 44th St - (2.1 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: M. Meves & A. Brooks
May 2017 survey: S. Howard & S. Munson
March 2017 survey: L. McDougall, C. Egger, C. Steinberg
January 2017 survey: B. Eastman
Sept. 2016 survey: V. Valenzuela & P. Albers
May 2016 survey: M. Tanaka & J. Vu
March 2016 survey: B. Holcomb  
January 2016 survey: D. Koken  
September 2015 survey: D. Koken  
May 2015 survey: D. Koken  
March 2015 survey: D. Koken  
January 2015 survey: D. Koken & J. Yeutter  
 
OC 11 - Newport Beach 244th St. to Newport Pier - (1.7 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: S. Chartier-Grable, J. Burnette, C. Nakashima
May 2017 survey: C. Steinberg & L. McDougall
March 2017 survey: C. Grozinger & J. Vallace
January 2017 survey: S. Howard & C. Grozinger
Sept. 2016 survey: G. Sandoval & B. Halladay
May 2016 survey: K. Parry
March 2016 survey: S. Howard & C. Grozinger  
January 2016 survey: J. Khalili  
September 2015 survey: S. Howard, C. Egger, P. Bryant  
May 2015 survey: H. Brashear  
March 2015 survey: S. Howard & C. Grozinger  
January 2015 survey: C. Grozinger & S. Howard  
 
OC 12 - Balboa Beach 1Newport Pier to Balboa Pier - (2.8 km)  
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: D. Kline & D. Kosicki
May 2017 survey: C. Egger & D. Egger
March 2017 survey: J. Yeutter & D. Yuetter
January 2017 survey: R. Villaneuva & L. Dorough
Sept. 2016 survey: M. Tanaka & J. Vu
May 2016 survey: D. Gellene
January 2016 survey: S. Howard & C. Grozinger  
September 2015 survey: S. Howard & S. Kaveggia  
May 2015 survey: E. Yang  
March 2015 survey: R. Winkleman & T. McGill  
January 2015 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer  
 
OC 13 - Balboa Beach 2Balboa Pier to Jetty View Park - (1.9 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer, M. Hawkins & T. Gee
May 2017 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer
March 2017 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer
January 2017 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer
Sept. 2016 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer
May 2016 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer
March 2016 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer  
January 2016 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer  
September 2015 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer  
May 2015 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer  
March 2015 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer  
January 2015 survey: H. Fuhrer & P. Fuhrer  
         
OC 14 - Corona del MarEast Shore Ave. to Narcissus Ave. - (0.6 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: K. Parry
May 2017 survey: C. Steinberg & L. McDougall
March 2017 survey: V. Valenzuela & P. Albers
January 2017 survey: B. Halladay
Sept. 2016 survey: E. Vargas, S. Hall, B. Reed, M. Falcone
May 2016 survey: P. Knight
March 2016 survey: T. Hyde & M. Lester
January 2016 survey: C. Egger
September 2015 survey: K. DiPasquale
May 2015 survey: J. Vu & M. Tanaka
March 2015 survey: V. & M. Tanaka
January 2015 survey: M. Nguyen & M. Nguyen
   
OC 15 - Crystal Cove SB 1Cameo Shores Rd. to Crystal Heights & PCH - (2.7 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: B. Halladay
May 2017 survey: B. Halladay & M. Wynn
March 2017 survey: L. Nguyen, W. Bonnin, A. Anderson
January 2017 survey: N. Nguyen, W. Bonin, A. Anderson
Sept. 2016 survey: L. Nguyen, W. Bonnin, A. Anderson
May 2016 survey: L. Nguyen
March 2016 survey: B. Eastman & M. Myers  
January 2016 survey: M. Nguyen & M. Nguyen  
September 2015 survey: B. Eastman  
May 2015 survey: B. Eastman & M. Myers  
March 2015 survey: D. Dfersich +1  
January 2015 survey: S. Menzel & E. Brown  
   
OC 16 - Crystal Cove SB 2Crystal Heights and PCH to Moro Ridge - (2.4 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: L. Nguyen & W. Bonnin
May 2017 survey: L. McDougall & C. Steinberg
March 2017 survey: L. Nguyen, W. Bonnin, A. Anderson
January 2017 survey: N. Nguyen, W. Bonin, A. Anderson
Sept. 2016 survey: L. Nguyen, W. Bonin, A. Anderson
May 2016 survey: L. Nguyen
March 2016 survey: E. Yang
January 2016 survey: B. Eastman  
September 2015 survey: B. Eastman & M. Myers  
May 2015 survey: V. Valenzuela & P. Albers  
March 2015 survey: B. Eastman & M. Myers  
January 2015 survey: J. Khalili & V. Khalili  
   
OC 17 - eliminated: no longer in survey  
   
OC 18 - Laguna Beach 2Aster St. to Cress St. - (1.7 km)  
January 2018 survey:  
Sept. 2017 survey: M. Schlothan  
May 2017 survey: M. Schlothan  
March 2017 survey: A. Stanton & S. Counts  
January 2017 survey: M. Schlothan  
Sept. 2016 survey: M. Schlothan  
May 2016 survey: M. Schlothan  
March 2016 survey: L. Singleton  
January 2016 survey: E. Lydick & P. Klahr  
September 2015 survey: M. Morey  
May 2015 survey: M. Nguyen & M. Nguyen  
March 2015 survey: Z. Purim-Adimor & C. Egger
January 2015 survey: R. Winkleman & T. McGilll
   
OC 19 - Laguna Beach 3 Cress St. to southern end of Aliso Beach County Park - (3.5 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: M. Schlotan
May 2017 survey: M. Schlothan
March 2017 survey: B. Halladay, M. Wynn, R. Kaneko
January 2017 survey: M. Schlothan
Sept. 2016 survey: K. Parry
May 2016 survey: M. Schlothan
March 2016 survey: M. Schlothan
January 2016 survey: V. Valenzuela & P. Albers
September 2015 survey: K. Morgan
May 2015 survey: P. Pfersich & C. Egger
March 2015 survey: M. Nguyen & M. Nguyen
January 2015 survey: C. Egger
   
OC 20 - eliminated: no longer in survey
         
SECTION 3: Salt Creek to San Clemente
OC 21 - Salt CreekS. La Cenda Dr. to Dana Strand Rd - (3.1 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: K. Parry & S. Reynolds
May 2017 survey: S. Counts & A. Stanton
March 2017 survey: S. Reynolds
January 2017 survey: S. Reynolds
Sept. 2016 survey: S. Reynolds
May 2016 survey: B. Eastman
March 2016 survey: K. Parry
January 2016 survey: J. Yuetter & D. Yuetter
September 2015 survey: P. Knight
May 2015 survey: P. Knight & Z. Purim-Adimor
March 2015 survey: V. Valenzuela & P. Albers
January 2015 survey: J. Hall & C. Stoughton
         
OC 22 - Doheny S — Puerto Place to Palisades Drive - (2.1 km)  
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: C. Egger & G. Ibarguchi
May 2017 survey: S. Reynolds & D. Lee
March 2017 survey: C. Morrison & A. Ritchie
January 2017 survey: K. Black & B. Sandstrom
Sept. 2016 survey: C. Egger & S. Howard
May 2016 survey: S. Reynolds & D. Lee
March 2016 survey: L. Swift & R. Leullan  
January 2016 survey: S. Reynolds & D. Lee  
September 2015 survey: S. Reynolds & D. Lee  
May 2015 survey: S. Reynolds & D. Lee  
March 2015 survey: J. Khalili & P. Knight  
January 2015 survey: S. Reynolds & D. Lee  
   
OC 23 - eliminated: no longer in survey  
   
OC 24 - eliminated: no longer in survey
   
OC 25 - San Clemente Beach 1San Clemente Metrolink Station to San Clemente Pier - (1.8 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: S Howard & S. Kaveggia
May 2017 survey: K. Parry
March 2017 survey: E. Chen
January 2017 survey: K. Parry
Sept. 2016 survey: S. Vogt
May 2016 survey: L. Caldwell
March 2016 survey: C. Egger & D. Egger
January 2016 survey: M. Morey
September 2015 survey: B. Holcomb & M. Morey
May 2015 survey: B. Holcomb
March 2015 survey: H. Brashear
January 2015 survey: P. Knight & H. Brashear
   
OC 26 - San Clemente Beach 2 — San Clemente Pier to Calafia State Park - (2.0 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: A. Stanton & S. Counts
May 2017 survey: K. Parry
March 2017 survey: K. Parry
January 2017 survey: K. Parry
Sept. 2016 survey: S. Vogt
May 2016 survey: S. Vogt
March 2016 survey: M. Morey
January 2016 survey: P. Knight & Z. Purim-Adimor
September 2015 survey: V. Valenzuela & P. Albers
May 2015 survey: M. Morey
March 2015 survey: B. Holcomb
January 2015 survey: J. Miller & B. Hodgin
   
OC 27 - San Clemente SBCalafia State Park to drainage by Beach Trail - (2.4 km)
January 2018 survey:
Sept. 2017 survey: D. Etchison, Z. Purim Adimor, G. Markussen
May 2017 survey: D. Etchison & Z. Purim-Adimor
March 2017 survey: D. Etchison & Z. Purim-Adimor
January 2017 survey: N. Nguyen, W. Bonin, A. Anderson
Sept. 2016 survey: L. Nguyen, W Bonnin, A. Anderson
May 2016 survey: B. Eastman
March 2016 survey: B. Eastman
January 2016 survey: B. Eastman
September 2015 survey: B. Eastman, M. King, & K. King
May 2015 survey: B. Eastman & M. Morey
March 2015 survey: B. Eastman
January 2015 survey: B. Holcomb & B. Eastman
         
Contact Cheryl Egger at to let her know which beach you want to sign up for.

 
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT SNOWY PLOVERS
Information about the Snowy Plover
Snowy Plovers - from eggs to fragile chicks to release
Snowy Plover Photo Essay
Snowy Plover Natural History & Population Trends
Why Save the Snowy Plover
CA State Parks flyer on Sharing the Beach
Snowy Plover 2012 Breeding Surveys from Washington to California
A Poem about Snowy Plovers by Jess Morton

Snowy Plover Reports for LA & Orange Counties
Snowy Plover Report for LA & Orange Counties - Sept. 2012 to June 2014
Snowy Plover Report for LA & Orange Counties - July 2014 to June 2015
Snowy Plover Monthly Report for LA & Orange Counties - Sept. & Oct. 2014
Snowy Plover Monthly Report for LA & Orange Counties - Nov. 2014
Snowy Plover Monthly Report for LA & Orange Counties - Dec. 2014
Snowy Plover Monthly Report for LA & Orange Counties - Jan. 2015
Snowy Plover Monthly Report for LA & Orange Counties - Feb. 2015
Snowy Plover Monthly Report for LA & Orange Counties - Mar. 2015
Snowy Plover Monthly Report for LA & Orange Counties - Apr. 2015
Snowy Plover Breeding Survey for LA & Orange Counties - May 2015
Snowy Plover Monthly Report for LA & Orange Counties - Sept. 2015
Snowy Plover Monthly Report for LA & Orange Counties - Nov. 2015 (with winter roost sites marked on maps)
Snowy Plover Monthly Report for LA & Orange Counties - Feb. 2016
 
 
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