Volunteer for a morning, an afternoon -- or a day to help protect the Piping Plover on March 10

SANDY HOOK, NJ - On Saturday, March 10, rather than enjoying the usual bird walk at Sandy Hook, the Monmouth County Audubon Society is urging its friends and members to “give back” by volunteering to help the National Park Service erect fencing at Sandy Hook to protect the Federally endangered Piping Plover.

Help protect the habitat of endangered and threatened shorebirds like Piping Plover and Least Tern that breed on Sandy Hook from mid-March through September. Volunteers will work with the National Park Service in the Gunnison Beach area to repair and install fencing that helps protect critical nesting areas. This is an enjoyable and very worthwhile way to spend a day.

Anyone interested in participating will meet the National Park Service coordinator at the Visitor's Center on Sandy Hook at 10:00 am. Dress in warm layers, including a windbreaker, and be sure to bring work gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Bring lunch if you plan to stay for the day. This event is not suitable for young children, but teens are welcome and encouraged to participate. Rain date is Sunday, March 11.

If you are interested in joining the Volunteer in the Park (VIP) Program or know someone who is interested in becoming a shorebird warden, please call park ranger Jeanne McArthur-Heuser at (732) 872-5936.

The Monmouth County Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of nature, wildlife conservation, habitat protection, and education. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month September through May at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven; guest speakers address a wide variety of nature-related topics, and refreshments are provided. In addition, the group sponsors at least one field trip per month, and members receive The Osprey, the club’s bi-monthly newsletter. Further information can be obtained by visiting the organization’s Website at http://www.monmouthaudubon.org, or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..