snowy ploverWestern Snowy Plover Conservation

If you’re a current participant on our monitoring program and are looking for survey materials, please click here on Snowy Plover Volunteer.

If you’re an agency looking for maps of plover locations on Los Angeles County beaches, please click here on Snowy Plover Agencies.

If you’re here to learn more about the Western Snowy Plover and Los Angeles Audubon’s role in its conservation, please read on!

Thanks to grants from US Fish & Wildlife Service, Audubon California, California Department of Fish & Game, Pasadena Audubon, and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, and in partnership with Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society, South Bay/Palos Verdes Audubon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and Plegadis LLC, volunteers have been surveying Los Angeles County beaches as part of the Snowy Plover Monitoring Program since 2007, gathering data on wintering plovers and those that might attempt to breed in the spring. Click to access the resulting February 15, 2010 report. The Western Snowy Plover in Los Angeles County.

We also now partner with Sea & Sage Audubon in Orange County. Click to access the most recent report about plovers in both LA and Orange counties: The Western Snowy Plover in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California: September 2014 to February 2017.

Proposed Snowy Plover Protection Zones

The links below allow access to maps of proposed Special Protection Zones at major Snowy Plover roost sites on Los Angeles and Orange County beaches. The large black polygons on the maps represent the protection zone boundaries, and the smaller multi-colored polygons represent roost locations over multiple years.


Malibu Lagoon

Santa Monica

Dockweiler LGT 47

Dockweiler LGT 58



Bolsa Chica

Crystal Cove


Salt Creek




Do you want to help monitor Snowy Plovers or assist in outreach efforts?

If you’re interested in participating in our program as a volunteer, contact our Endangered Species Volunteer Coordinator, Stacey Vigallon, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or give her a call at (323) 481-4037.

Please contact the volunteer coordinator for details about upcoming volunteer training sessions. Thanks for your interest!

We will be conducting county-wide beach surveys in January, March, May, and September of 2018.

Q. What's it like to help survey for Snowy Plovers in Los Angeles County?

A. Volunteering to help survey for Snowy Plovers is a great opportunity to spend some time outdoors. If you're lucky, you'll spot some Snowy Plovers. But even if your beach survey route is plover-less, chances are it will still be great wildlife-viewing. From Long Beach to Malibu, our beaches and lagoons are home to many wildlife species.

The photos below are were taken during a January survey week...


Students get involved!

Students from LA Valley College, Santa Monica College, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Dominguez Hills, LA Trade Tech, and the Youth Justice Coalition have participated in the Snowy Plover Monitoring Program.









Los Angeles Audubon teamed up with the Dorsey High School Film Production Program to create a public service announcement about the Western Snowy Plover in Los Angeles County. The film can be viewed at our YouTube site ( Be sure to check out the version in Spanish too. The film not only won the "Best Editing Award" at the Dorsey High Film Festival last June, but the students were also recognized by speaker Karen Bass of the California Assembly for their contribution to environmental awareness. Students Alma Alegria, Abelino Romo, and Chris Simmons and film teacher Robert Jeffers were present at the July 11th, 2008 Audubon Film Fridays event to screen their film and to receive their certificates on behalf of their class. Congratualtions Dorsey High! MANY thanks also go to all those who donated film footage, photos, illustrations, and expertise.


Since 2008, plover volunteers have worked with California State Parks to set up seasonal symbolic fencing at Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Many thanks to all the volunteers who help each season, and to Califorina State Parks who are great partners in getting the enclosure from the proposal phase to actual stakes in the ground.

Following are links to Snowy Plover reports (pdf format):

Also be sure to check out the LAAS photo gallery of Snowy Plover artwork by students from Weemes and Leo Politi Elementary Schools!

To learn more about the Western Snowy Plover in general, visit, a site that addresses plover issues all along the west coast.