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November 20, 2019

In 2019 a Piping Plover chick hatched near Sleeping Bear Point in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It was one of several to hatch in that area. Without the identifying bands put on its legs when it was about a week old it would look the same to us as any other y...

August 20, 2019

Great Lakes (and other) Piping Plovers have been returning to their "wintering" territories since July 16th. Ed and Aija Konrad of South Carolina wrote this article about plovers' yearly cycle for the Seabrook Island birders blog.  https://seabrookislandbirders.or...

May 17, 2019

Several years ago, I was out monitoring piping plovers on North Manitou Island in Lake Michigan, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  It was in mid-July and the piping plover breeding season was in its final stages.  Most of the chicks had hatched weeks ear...

May 15, 2019

 A piping plover nest hidden amongst the cobble of a Great Lakes Beach

 A pair of plovers beginning their nesting season!

The 2019 Great Lakes Piping Plover breeding season is in full swing. The first nest was found last week on May 8th. We currently have 11 nests with m...

April 16, 2019

The first Piping Plovers of the 2019 Great Lakes nesting season have begun arriving. Two  were reported in the southern Great Lakes on April 15th. Today on April 16 the first plovers returned to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Males usually arrive first and set...

November 20, 2017

We reported recently about a captive-reared chick from one of the first two nests in Pennsylvania in 60 years. Now a second Pennsylvania chick has been found in Florida.

On October 23rd Anne Mauro, Avian Ecologist with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Fl...

November 6, 2017

Half of the 16 captive-reared Great Lakes Piping Plover chicks that were released this summer have been seen on wintering territories. Two each are in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. There is one in each of Georgia and Texas. None of these individuals would...

October 11, 2017

Rare birds and plants in Michigan are benefiting from some team work among federal, state and local partners. This summer, staff from the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources partnered with local volunteers to condu...

August 29, 2017

When last we reported on Old Man Plover’s last chick, it was sitting quietly on a beach amongst some driftwood and cobble on a beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes fresh from being released from captivity.  It faced numerous challenges; including predators, storms and potentia...

March 4, 2017

Great Lakes Piping Plovers typically begin arriving back on their territories on Great Lakes beaches in April and May and then most depart from the region in July and August.  This means that they only spend 4-5 months in the Great Lakes region and spend the majority o...

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