Snowy Plover Nests in Ensenada for the Second Consecutive Year

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By Jonathan Vargas / Bird Conservation Projects Associate

April 11, 2019

Yesterday we made the first trip in search of nests on the beach in front of Pacifica at Ensenada Bay, this prior to the installation of the protection fence on Saturday, April 13.

Los chorlos nevados ponen sus nidos en las playas arenosas entre abril y agosto. Foto: Jonathan Vargas.
A snowy plover nest. Photo: Jonathan Vargas.

The nesting season has already begun and we found 2 nests and several pairs in the area, but the biggest surprise was finding a female snowy plover that has nested for the second consecutive year in this area. We named her Marina and we know her identity because of the combination of rings she has on her legs.

The importance of this observation is that it is an individual that was marked in 2016 at Marine Corps Camp Pendleton, California, and in 2018 thanks to the protection fence its nest was successful; this year Marina has come back because we protected her nest last year.

Chorlo nevado.
The female snowy plover, Marina. Photo: Jonathan Vargas.

We will return to protect this area to help this nest survive, we installed this temporary fence in June 2018 on the beach in front of Pacifica at Ensenada Bay, since the reproductive season of the snowy plover is between April and August.

Last year during the campaign “The beach belongs to everyone” we carried out monitoring and in total 16 nests were recorded, of which 5 nests were found within the protection fence and of which only 3 nests survived (each with 3 eggs ), so that in total 9 snowy plovers were born inside the fence. It is a small but significant sum in the conservation of this species.