“Piping Plovers” Presented by Audrey Albrecht
Biologist and Snowy Plover Coordinator, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation
Audrey, a native of coastal Connecticut, graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in wildlife conservation biology and management in 2006. A variety of seasonal jobs followed, including the monitoring of various shorebird species throughout New England, controlling invasive plants by non-chemical means in California, and assessing habitat for Canada Lynx in Wyoming. In 2010, she began work with Virginia Tech assessing the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on wintering Piping Plovers in coastal Louisiana and Texas. Two more years of work followed: monitoring, banding, and re-sighting Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and Snowy Plovers in South Dakota and Nebraska for Virginia Tech. In 2013 she joined the staff at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in North Dakota, splitting her time between two projects. In fall and spring, she assessed migratory stopover habitat used by Whooping Cranes along the central flyway from the Canadian border down to Oklahoma, and in summers she monitored, banded, and re-sighted nesting Piping Plovers and Least Terns on the Missouri River system and in the Alkali Lakes region of North Dakota and Montana. She is currently a Biologist and Snowy Plover Coordinator at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.