Volunteers who want to help protect Delaware’s endangered piping plovers and other beachnesting birds can join the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s monitoring team and attend a training session held by the Division of Fish & Wildlife from 10 a.m. to noon May 13 at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Biden Environmental Training Center, 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes.

The training session will begin with a slideshow with a discussion on the monitoring program and how volunteers can help to ensure that beachnesting shorebirds are not disturbed while rearing their chicks afterward.

Weather permitting, the group will finish the session by venturing out to the Point at Cape Henlopen to look for piping plovers and other shorebirds likely to be feeding on the tidal flats. Birding scopes and binoculars will be available for use, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their optics if they have them.

Preregistration for the training is encouraged, but attendees will be accepted at the door. Park entrance fees will be waived for volunteers attending the training by notifying the fee booth attendant.

For information on the training, beachnesting birds or monitoring efforts, call 222-6078 or email kevin.bronson@state.de.us.