The Western Snowy Plover is a small shorebird that relies on some Oregon beaches for survival. During their critical nesting season (March 15-September 15) we coordinate with Oregon State parks and beachgoers to protect these threatened birds during a very sensitive time. By following nesting season restrictions and sharing the beach, you can help ensure plover chicks survive to adulthood.
Know Before You Go
Many Oregon beaches are not used by the birds and visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities there year round. On other beaches, designated as plover nesting beaches, certain activities are limited from March 15 through September 15.
Visitors should pay attention to signs identifying what types of beach activities are permitted and what areas are open. Different rules apply to dry and wet sand on plover beaches. Designated trails that go through plover areas remain open. Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge.
On plover beaches, keep plovers safe by following these guidelines
DRY SAND BEACH: CLOSED TO ENTRY
ALL DRY SAND AREAS ARE CLOSED to entry in the areas listed below, except on designated trails. You may see portions of dry sand beaches and dunes roped off to protect known critical nesting areas, but dry sand both in and out of the ropes is closed. Walking (no dogs on or off leash) is allowed on wet sand only.
WET SAND BEACH: SAFE WALKING AREA*
*Within most plover nesting areas, dogs (on and off leash), kites, drones, motorized vehicles, and non-motorized vehicles (including bicycles) are prohibited. Walking is allowed on wet sand only, close to the water’s edge.