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Partners review Great Lakes piping plover nesting season

Region 3, August 1, 2012
A Great Lakes piping plover defending its nest at Whitefish Point, Michigan.  The site is a satellite refuge for Seney NWR.
A Great Lakes piping plover defending its nest at Whitefish Point, Michigan. The site is a satellite refuge for Seney NWR. - Photo Credit: n/a
A piping plover chick in the outdoor flight pen at the Great Lakes Piping Plover captive rearing facility located at the University of Michigan Biological Station near Pellston, Michigan.
A piping plover chick in the outdoor flight pen at the Great Lakes Piping Plover captive rearing facility located at the University of Michigan Biological Station near Pellston, Michigan. - Photo Credit: n/a
A Great Lakes piping plover sitting on its nest within a protective exclosure.  The construction of exclosures around piping plover nests protects the nest from predators while allowing the adult plovers to come and go.  The use of exclosures has been a major part of the success of the recovery effort.
A Great Lakes piping plover sitting on its nest within a protective exclosure. The construction of exclosures around piping plover nests protects the nest from predators while allowing the adult plovers to come and go. The use of exclosures has been a major part of the success of the recovery effort. - Photo Credit: n/a

On August 1, 2012, biologists, managers, researchers and monitors met to discuss the 2012 Great Lakes Piping Plover field season. The meeting took place at the University of Michigan Biological Station near Pellston, Michigan, the location of the Great Lakes Piping Plover captive rearing facility. The 2012 breeding season was a successful one for the Great Lakes Piping Plover with 58 breeding pairs detected across the Great Lakes basin in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario. This is up from 54 pairs detected in 2011. Perhaps the greatest success from the season was the high number of chicks fledged, 114 as of 8/17/12 with an additional six chicks nearing fledging age, making 2012 one of the highest fledging totals in the history of the recovery program.

Contact Info: Vince Cavalieri, 517-351-5467, vincent_cavalieri@fws.gov