Training for volunteer “Coast Watchers” at Starlite Beach

People interested in the outdoors and conservation efforts may want to become a volunteer Coast Watcher for Huron Pines.

The non-profit conservation group is hosting a training for volunteer Coast Watchers at Starlite Beach in Alpena on April 20.

Coast Watchers visit a designated stretch of Lake Huron shoreline weekly to record air and water temperature, seasonal changes in water levels, and occurrences of sensitive or invasive plants, fish die-offs, storm damage and pollution. The data helps Huron Pines, it partners and community leaders make decisions in managing the coastal landscape.

New this year, volunteers will have an opportunity to monitor potential nesting sites for piping plover, a state and federally endangered shorebird, during the migration in May and June.

No prior experience or supplies are needed and there is flexibility in time commitment.

The April 20 training is being held at the Starlite Beach pavilion from 3 to 5 p.m. To RSVP click HERE.