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Oregon’s beaches are protected nesting grounds for a small shorebird called the western snowy plover. During nesting season (March 15 – Sep. 15), some recreation activities may be restricted or prohibited in designated plover management areas:
Key identifying features include:
Dogs are still welcome at most times and places on Oregon’s beaches. Please check out the north and south coast plover maps before planning a trip with your dog and watch for signs when you are heading out to the beach. More information about visiting parks and beaches with your dog can be found on our Pawsitive Oregon State Parks page.
Signs will help indicate you are in a plover management area. Note that restrictions apply to the entire dune and beach area, even though signs may be high in the dry sand. That’s so they don’t wash away at high tide. Please check out the maps before planning a beach visit during the spring and summer.
Do you think you may have found a snowy plover nest outside a plover management area in Oregon (i.e., on a coastal beach not listed on the map)? Please keep your distance, nesting plovers are easily disturbed. After checking out the maps, if the beach you visited isn't already part of a snowy plover management area, please contact Laurel Hillmann (see contacts listed on this page).
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South Coast Plover Map
North Coast Plover Map
Frequenty Asked Questions
Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)
2018 HCP Compliance Report
Oregon Coast Trail Maps
Ocean Shore Rules
Laurel Hillmann Ocean Shore Specialist 503-986-0700
Vanessa Blackstone Wildlife Biologist 503-383-5012
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