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Piping Plover Patrol
Attention bird lovers and conservationists!
We need your help to monitor nests.
Volunteers to monitor piping plover nests are needed at several locations in the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan during May thru August, the piping plover breeding season. Monitors observe plover pairs on their nesting territories and collect data on nesting and hatchling activity. They may also serve as on-site “plover conservation ambassadors” to the public. See a related article on Page 3 of the Michigan Coastal News (PDF)
The shores of the Great Lakes were once home to nearly 800 pairs of piping plovers. Today, about 60 nesting pairs remain in the entire state. In 1986, the piping plover was placed on the Federal Register and listed as endangered. Their rapid population decline was, in part, due to nest disruption and predation. Successful recovery requires our help.
Since some training is involved, a minimum commitment of a week or a couple of weekends is requested. Information on nest monitoring opportunities at several Michigan locations is available from the following state and federal contacts:
Thank you for your concern and help.