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Wisconsin contributes towards endangered Great Lakes piping plover recovery
Midwest Region, August 20, 2018
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A newly banded piping plover chick.
A newly banded piping plover chick. - Photo Credit: Joel Trick
A male piping plover at Cat Island.
A male piping plover at Cat Island. - Photo Credit: Joel Trick

In 2018, federally endangered Great Lakes piping plovers nested in two locations in Wisconsin. On Lake Superior, three pairs nested at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s Long Island. This site has continuously supported piping plovers since 2005. On Lake Michigan, three pairs nested at Cat Island. Piping plovers have successfully nested on the island since 2016. Plovers at both sites are successful thanks to the ongoing partnership among the Service, National Park Service, Bad River Tribe, Wildlife Services, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Brown County Port, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others.

These contributions are critical to the recovery of Great Lakes piping plovers. At least 50 nesting pairs outside of Michigan is required before Great Lakes piping plovers can be reclassified from endangered to threatened. In the Great Lakes this season, 67 pairs nested, most of them in Michigan, a significant number for a species that was nearly extirpated by the 1980s.

Contact Info: Reena Bowman, 920-866-1720, reena_bowman@fws.gov
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