Great Lakes Piping Plover
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
Great Lakes Tribes
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
Land Management Agencies – Responsible for management of plovers on their lands.
Birds Canada; Oiseaux Canada
The Bad River Band
Little Traverse Band of Odawa
USDA Wildlife Services
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
UP Land Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
The Audubon Society
Volunteers and Private Land-owners
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