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Volunteer Beach Naturalist Training: This Sat 6/29

Ormond Beach, Oxnard California - 6/27/24

Join our team!

We are excited to announce our final volunteer Beach Naturalist training of the year, taking place this Saturday, June 29. Thanks to funding from Whale Tail and National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants, this workshop is free to the public. We still have some open seats, but they are filling up fast! To register or for more info, go to this link.


Volunteer Duties and Commitment

After completing the training, volunteers will sign up for two 2-hour beach shifts per month through September at either Ormond or Hollywood Beach. During these shifts, you'll contribute to our program in various ways.


Make a difference

As a Beach Naturalist, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Educate and Inform: Engage with visitors on Ormond and Hollywood Beaches as part of the Shorebird Recovery Program

  • Use Your Skills: Whether you enjoy building, using computer skills, collecting data, or simply walking the beach and observing birds, we have a role for you. We encourage volunteers to focus on what they enjoy most


Workshop Schedule

Morning Session - Classroom Learning

Our biologists will teach you about the life history and biology of snowy plovers and least terns, including their special status as listed species. We have a special guest speaker this time, Liliana Griego. Liliana is a Senior Program Manager of Coasts with California Audubon and will share with us information about our parent organization and discuss climate issues for birds.


Early afternoon - Field Training

Practice what you learned in class at Ormond Beach. While we can't guarantee sightings of snowy plovers, we have a backup plan with "tame" plovers for practicing binocular skills and field communication. You'll also learn about dune ecology, including native and invasive plants.


Topics Covered

Volunteers learn about the following topics by a Ventura Audubon Biologist and Outreach Coordinator:

  • Beach/Dune Ecology: History and Processes of the Beach

  • Biology/Ecology: Western Snowy Plover and CA Least Terns

  • Rules and Regulations: pertaining to locations we serve

  • Data collection: Supporting population recovery and wrack abundance



Dog Rangers Program

Dog Rangers is our program for Hollywood Beach, where dogs are allowed on leash and snowy plovers nest. We are looking for special volunteers to help us build this very important program to build community by helping us recruit new dog rangers from beach goers.

Join us in making a positive impact on our coastal environment and the wildlife that depends on it. We look forward to seeing you at the training!
















Join us in making a positive impact on our coastal environment and the wildlife that depends on it. We look forward to seeing you at the training!

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