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Great Lakes Piping Plover

Conservation Team

Recovery actions in the Great Lakes, and on the wintering grounds have helped the plover population to steadily increase. In 2016, there were 75 breeding pairs across the Great Lakes basin. When Piping Plovers were listed as endangered 1986 there were fewer than 20 pairs. The majority of these birds breed in Michigan but there were also breeding plovers in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, and Ontario, Canada. In the winter, the birds have been spotted in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Mexico, the Bahamas, and Cuba. Most of the Great Lakes population winters from North Carolina to Florida. It takes many people in many locations working together to help Piping Plovers recover. 

The team is coordinated by The US Fish and Wildlife service and consists of many agencies, non-governmental organizations, educational facilities and dedicated individuals. 

Project Oversight and Coordination

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Administers the Endangered Species Act, coordinates partnership efforts

Land Management Agencies – Responsible for management of plovers on their lands

National Park Service

US Forest Service

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Pennsylvania Game Commission

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Canadian Wildlife Service

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Bird Studies Canada; Études d'Oiseaux Canada

Great Lakes Tribes

     Little Traverse Band of Odawa

     The Bad River Band


USDA Wildlife Services

Salvage Captive-rearing

The Detroit Zoo

American Zoo and Aquarium Association


University of Minnesota

Lake Superior State University

University of Michigan Biological Station

Additional Land Protection/Monitoring/Support

Non-governmental Organizations

     UP Land Conservancy

     The Nature Conservancy

     The Audubon Society

Volunteers and Private Land-owners

...and more

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