TitleWhy we should care about Western Snowy Plovers
Publication TypeAudiovisual
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsPavlis D
Series TitleRadio broadcast, KXWC Community Radio
Date Published04/2023

It's Western Snowy Plover nesting season along the West Coast and this means that some beaches in Oregon are closed to certain types of activities. Some people find this controversial.

Learn about these fascinating shorebirds and why we should care about protecting them on this week's show with Dave Lauten and Kathleen Castelein, Faculty Research Assistants at Portland State University's Institute for Natural Resources.

Dave and Kathleen have been monitoring Western Snowy Plovers since 1997 for Oregon State University's Oregon Biodiversity Information Center. Western Snowy Plovers are small shorebirds that live and breed on the west coast of the U.S. from Washington to Baja California, and also breed at inland locations in the Great Basin.

Dave and Kathleen will share fascinating Western Snowy Plover facts and talk about why losing this species would matter.


Interview with INR staff David Lauten and Kathleen Castelein. Aired Thursday April 5th, 2023. Listen to broadcast.