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The recent winter flock count of western snowy plovers at Sands Beach in Goleta hit an all-time high of 312 birds last month—more than double the number of the endangered birds counted there in 2001. Though pleased with the record count, docent coordinator Jennifer Stroh cautions that the high numbers don’t guarantee higher numbers of breeding pairs once mating season begins in early March. The past few seasons have seen an average of 20-25 feathered couples bedding down in the heavily protected dunes near Coal Oil Point. Anybody interested in volunteering as a docent for this year’s mating season should contact Jennifer at 880-1195.

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