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February 18, 2020

A fourth 2019 captive reared chick has been spotted along the Georgia coast by a dedicated plover observer! This captive reared chick, aka VOO - the Zombie Chick, is extra special. Of,V/OO:X,O (VOO) came from an abandoned nest on North Manitou Island. The eggs had to b...

January 9, 2020

 The Piping Plover known affectionately as "Nubbins" has just been seen in the Yucatan. Read about what we know of his life in the "Plover Stories" tab of our website. 

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...

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