NATURE NOTES: Snowy Plovers: Let It Snow

Snowy Plover roosting amongst a flock of Semipalmated Plovers at Colorado River Mouth Flats along Matagorda Beach.

Since the beginning of August, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory has been monitoring non-breeding shorebirds.

The observatory’s intern Sarah Belles and I survey along Matagorda Beach, Bryan Beach, Quintana Beach, Surfside Beach and Follett’s Island. We monitor for threatened, endangered and species of high concern. Our main target species are the Piping Plover, Red Knot, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher and Snowy Plover. Snow is uncommon here, but we can always look forward to seeing Snowy Plovers.

Taylor Bennett, a coastal biologist for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology specializing in marine science. Learn more about the observatory at

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