St. Louis River Alliance

Piping Plover Volunteer Monitor


photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

What does a monitor do?
Monitors will watch for the presence of piping plovers along the beaches of Minnesota and Wisconsin points during the spring migration and summer nesting.  When any plovers are spotted, monitors will keep detailed records of the number of birds, their locations, and the types of behavior the birds may be exhibiting.  Training will be provided by our plover monitoring staff.

A Piping Plover was spotted on Minnesota Point by two of the SLRA Piping Plover Monitors at the beginning of June.

photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

What knowledge and experience to do you need? We would like volunteers to be able to commit six to ten hours a week in two hour intervals. It is important that volunteers have some knowledge and experience in bird species identification. We need volunteers who are willing to work in the field under any weather conditions.  You will need to have binoculars or a spotting scope to use for your field work.
If you would like to apply, please download and complete the application below and return via email to
If you have any questions email or call the St. Louis River Alliance. (218.733.9520)

Click here for the Volunteer Application Form

The St. Louis River Alliance was busy in August and September presenting information to youth and adults on Plovers and the findings of this summer’s research. Read about those efforts in the October issue of The River Voice.

Information About Plovers