Two Piping Plovers named Nancy and Flash are currently nesting in the Township of Tiny. A migratory shorebird, the Piping Plover is federally and provincially listed as an endangered species. Last year, four Piping Plover pairs were identified nesting near Tiny, but currently, there are only three pairs in the Province of Ontario, making it crucial that the community respect the nesting area. Based on efforts by volunteers, Federal and Provincial agencies, and support from municipal partners like Tiny, there has been great success in the recovery of the bird population.
Nancy and Flash are currently nesting at Woodland Beach in the Township of Tiny, and in the Wasaga Beach Provincial Park (Beach Area 1). The Woodland Beach nest site is identified with fencing and entering the enclosed area is strictly prohibited. During this critical time for the strengthening of the Piping Plover population, it is important that all members of the public respect the enclosed area, and keep people and pets from entering it.
Interested in volunteering with Birds Canada? The organization is looking for volunteers to assist with monitoring and outreach at the Woodland Beach site. These sessions will provide the necessary information about Piping Plovers, conservation efforts, and the duties of a volunteer.
If you are interested in volunteering at Woodland Beach, or to learn more about the program, please contact Andrea Gress, Ontario Piping Plover Coordinator.