In May through July, 2021, Snowy Plovers nested successfully at Carpinteria State Beach. This was the first successful nesting at this location in 60 years, so a lot of us got pretty excited about it. State Park staff, lifeguards, and volunteers monitored the plovers’ progress and talked to beachgoers and campers about what was going on. I made a bunch of photos and videos, and gave some presentations via Zoom, about the event. This page links to some of those resources.
A lot more information on the Carpinteria Snowy Plovers is in the following blog post:
In late May, shortly before Memorial Day weekend, we discussed the ongoing nesting attempt with Jessica Nielsen, conservation specialist with the Coal Oil Point Reserve, as part of our online Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting. The video of that meeting is available here:
On November 17, 2021, I gave a Zoom presentation on the Carp Snowy Plovers to the members of Santa Barbara Audubon. You can watch the archive of that presentation here:
- SB Audubon page: Program: The Carpinteria Snowy Plovers: A First Successful Nesting in 60 Years
- The slides from that presentation: The Carpinteria Snowy Plovers