East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region

East Lansing Field Office
2651 Coolidge Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 517-351-2555
Fax: 517-351-1443
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)

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Kirtland's warbler. Photo by USFWS; Joel Trick

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We work with public and private entities to conserve and restore Michigan's endangered species, migratory birds, wetlands, and other important fish and wildlife resources.

 

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Old Man Plover returns – right on time

 

At 15 years old, the oldest known piping plover

At 15 years old, BO:X,g, also known as Old Man Plover, is the oldest Great Lake piping plover to return to its breeding grounds.
Photo courtesy of Alice Van Zoeren.

 

May 4, 2017

 

He’s back! Old Man Plover, a Great Lakes piping plover also known as BO:X,g (his color band combination), has made it back to his breeding site once again at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. BO:X,g is, by any standards, an old bird. At 15 years old, he has lived three times longer than the average age for a piping plover.

 

BO:X,g shows a remarkable fidelity not only to breeding and wintering sites but also to migration timing. Not only is he the oldest known Great Lakes Piping Plover to make it back to the breeding grounds, but this is the third year in a row that BO:X,g has arrived at his breeding grounds site exactly on April 13. (We have a fair bit of certainty about his arrival dates because Sleeping Bear Staff are frequently surveying this time of year.)

 

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Last updated: May 4, 2017