The Shorebird Recovery Team would like to extend their thanks to everyone who participated in Raise the Roost! The weekend was filled with two amazing speakers and a very lively silent auction! Through your generosity we were able to meet our goal of $5,000! Items won in the silent auction raised a total of $2,773 and we received donations totaling $2,227.
Raise the Roost not only brought together shorebird lovers from our local community, but across the United States and the World. Thanks to this widespread support, the Shorebird Recovery Program will have the funds to continue conservation efforts for the current season. It is our hope to multiply this energy further. Without you: our donors, activists and volunteers, much of our amazing work at Ormond and Hollywood would still be ideas on paper. It's not about what each individual can do or give, but about what we can do together!
We invite you to be a part of this wonderful team at the Ormond and Hollywood and become a Volunteer Naturalist, help spread the word about The Shorebird Recovery Program, and of course have fun and "Raise the Roost".
RAISE THE ROOST FUNDRAISER
Funding is needed for nesting season on Ormond and Hollywood Beaches, which has just begun and continues through September. It will support nest monitoring, habitat protection including fencing, signage, trail cameras, plus supplies for volunteers in our community stewardship program, the Volunteer Naturalists. Please feel free to familiarize yourself with our work by visiting our program webpage or by viewing our "What We Do” video below to learn more about the conservation and research efforts at Ormond and Hollywood Beach.
Claire is a ecologist and photographer who studies fairy terns in Western Australia.
She will be discussing her PhD research into the secret life of fairy terns.
Faraaz Abdool is a birding guide, wildlife photographer, and writer based in Trinidad and Tobago. He is passionate about cultivating wildlife consciousness via his images and words with the ultimate goal of inspiring people to love and protect the earth.
Ormond Beach is uniquely located at the urban/agricultural/wetland interface of Ventura County. It is part of a Globally Important Bird Area, has been designated WSP critical habitat by the USFWS and an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (ESHA) by the Local Coastal Plan of Oxnard. It is one of a few locations in California where 31 special status species survive and where the threatened Western Snowy Plover and the Endangered California Least Tern successfully breed and winter. Ventura Audubon Society has been collecting population data on these species for over 20 years, has had 17 years of species monitoring, 12 years of protective fencing , and over 5 years of an Integrated recovery program involving Volunteers and landowners. The beauty of Ormond Beach is that it remains a part of one of the last intact wetland areas in the state of California, a refuge for thousands of migrants and an coastal oasis where locals can share their community with the wildlife that call it home.
Even being a busy public beach, Hollywood Beach near Oxnard has provided nesting habitat for California least terns and western snowy plovers at least since the 1990s, when VAS began to monitor there and probably much longer. It is a testament to resilience to see these tiny birds continue to attempt to carry on their species by enduring all-day interruptions to courtship, incubating eggs, and brooding newly hatched chicks. This beach was very important in 2013 and 2014 when other, larger breeding colonies had catastrophic nest losses and the two species relocated here to establish large successful colonies those years. Hollywood Beach is a true testament to a species survival in a ever changing environment along to coast.
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