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2019 Recipient Announced!
The recipient of our third 1% for the Planet donation are the "Plover Lovers"! This volunteer group monitors the Piping Plovers at Sauble Beach, Ontario and provide information to beachgoers throughout the breeding season.
The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) is a rare little shorebird that is one of North America’s most endangered birds. In 2007 two Piping Plovers somehow discovered Sauble Beach, courted, pair-bonded and established the first nest on the beach in 30 years! The Ministry of Natural Resources quickly established a monitoring program to oversee the pair’s progress through that first summer. One or two pairs have nested at Sauble Beach each summer since. Birds Canada now oversees the recovery and monitoring program at Sauble Beach as well as the few other beaches in Ontario plovers have returned to.
The Piping Plover’s preference for big sandy beaches is one of the reasons for their decline. Hoards of beachgoers and cottagers love these beaches too! One of the most important aspects of plover conservation is helping people understand and appreciate the plight of the plovers, and to encourage them to “share the shore” with the plovers and their cotton-ball sized chicks!
At Sauble Beach the “Plover Lovers” group of volunteers monitor the plovers and provide information to beachgoers throughout the breeding season. The plovers themselves make this job easy. Each bird is banded and the bands reveal interesting stories about their lives – where they hatched, how old they are, who they have mated with, where their chicks go. These stories engage beachgoers and they come to see the birds presence as an exiting added attraction at the beach!
As a volunteer group, the Plover Lovers greatly appreciate the support of Zuzek Inc. and the 1% for the Planet program!
The recipient of our second 1% for the Planet donation is the new Cold Regions Living Shorelines Community of Practice (CoP). The Coastal Zone Canada Association is leading the CoP initiative and the website is being hosted by the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources. The CoP is an interactive online community intended to encourage communication, information sharing and knowledge-exchange across members to develop, support and steward the effective use of living shoreline ideas and principles in a temperate North American climate.
The first recipient of our 1% for the Planet donation was the Conservation Halton Foundation. Visit the link to learn more about their watershed stewardship initiatives, educational programs, and habitat protection initiatives.
Apply to Receive a 1% Donation in 2020
Environmental Non-government Organizations (ENGO) are encouraged to apply to Zuzek Inc. for our next 1% donation in 2020. Send an email to Zuzek Inc. telling us how you would use the donation to support the programs of your ENGO. The current application period ends May 31, 2020. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this donation program further, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.