November 13, 2013
The 2013 breeding season was one of the most successful in the history of the Great Lakes piping plover recovery program. At 66 pairs, this season marks the second highest breeding pair total since the species was listed as endangered in the mid-1980s. The summer also marked the second highest number of chicks fledged at 124.
The story of the piping plover could have easily ended the same way as the passenger pigeon or the dusky seaside sparrow. Once on the edge of extinction with only 12 breeding pairs left in the wild, the Great Lakes piping plover has made a tremendous comeback. What has made the difference? A partnership dedicated to the recovery of piping plovers in the Great Lakes.
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2013 Field Season Journal