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Piping Plover Awareness Event!

June 25, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for an interactive workshop on piping plovers! Learn about their habitat on a beach walk and help paint signs to inform the public!

Are you and your family looking for a fun way to kick off the summer? Are you looking to help make a difference in your community and protect local wildlife? Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Birds Canada for their Piping Plover Awareness Event! This free 3-hour event is designed to be family friendly, for all ages and will include the following activities/workshops:

  • A 10-minute presentation on local ecosystems, how they are currently being protected and what we as a community can do to help. This is the perfect way to learn how to be good local stewards.
  • A 10-minute presentation on the piping plover, an endangered species in Nova Scotia that needs our help! Learn all about the birds and ways we can act to protect them.
  • A sign painting workshop, where artists of all ages and skill levels can help paint informative signs to teach other beachgoers how to interact responsibly around plover nesting grounds. NCC and Birds Canada would love to display your signs on beaches around the province to help protect piping plovers!
  • A guided walk-and-talk with shorebird biologist Avery, where we can learn more about plover habitat, as well as other species in the area. Walk together along the beach, practicing your newly learned shorebird etiquette and see if you can spot the piping plovers and their newly hatched chicks!

This event is a great way to connect with other environmentally-minded folks in our community! We will collectively learn more about an endangered shorebird species, take creative action to help protect their habitat and spend time enjoying the outdoors. Should you have any questions, or would like to discuss details, please feel free to reach out to Jill (she/her) by email at [email protected]

This is a free event and all crafting materials will be supplied, however to best support sign making we ask that you do register yourself and your family so that we can properly prepare.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s unifying force for nature, working to deliver large-scale, permanent land conservation. The Nova Scotia Stewardship Team will be there to share what conservation efforts are underway in the local area and how our community can help.

Birds Canada is Canada’s national bird conservation organization. Their mission is to drive action to increase the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of birds in Canada.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Click here to register for the event!

What to bring!:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Shoes that can get sandy/damp
  • Clothing you can paint in
  • This event will run rain or shine, so be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly!
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

What is Provided?:

  • Painting/sign making supplies
  • Fun and educational activities for the whole family

Field Safety Notes:

This event will happen along the beach, where there will be a potential shallow water crossing by foot, depending on the tides. (Water crossing should not exceed the depth of approximately 12 inches). Participants using mobility aids are welcome to join for the presentations and sign painting, but may find the beach walk and potential shallow water crossing to be challenging. Children must be able to independently cross or cross with a parent, without the use of a stroller.

Coastal weather can change quickly, so be sure to be outfitted with the appropriate clothing/sun protection!


Part of this event will be in the Thomas Raddall Park, meeting in the Ron Lawson Building and heading along the shore from there. The park is located at 529 Raddall Park Road, NS. please follow according signs to the Ron Lawson Building.


If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding this event, please feel free to reach out to Jill (she/her) at [email protected]

Thank you to our partners!


Nature Conservancy of Canada


Thomas Raddall Park
529 Raddall Park Rd
Port Joli, NS B0T 1S0 Canada
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