The Black Oystercatcher is such an interesting and unique bird that it is no surprise that several members from the community have asked to join volunteer monitoring efforts along the coast!
A lot of volunteers from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History have stepped up to the plate and are ready to volunteer in monitoring different Black Oystercatcher territories along the Monterey Peninsula. A lot of docents from Point Lobos State Reserve have also volunteered to monitor Black Oystercatchers within the Point Lobos Reserve. The assistance of these volunteers is especially crucial during breeding season because we want as much information as we can get about the Black Oystercatchers’ reproductive success.
Although a lot of the volunteers are already acquainted with the Black Oystercatchers, as the birds are loud and conspicuous, they were still asked to attend an orientation with information about the birds and their behaviors. The orientation meetings were led by local Black Oystercatcher experts Rick Hanks and Hugo Ceja. In the past couple of years Rick and Hugo have gotten to know the behaviors and territories of the Black Oystercatchers very well. The meetings were very informative, and the volunteers learned about the data forms that we will be using this season.
The volunteers seemed very excited to pick a territory and to start monitoring the Black Oystercatchers!
Hopefully the Black Oystercatchers have a lot of success this season!