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Feature Story

Endangered piping plover nests in Lower Green Bay for the first time in 75 years


Local partners announce the nesting of the endangered piping plover in Lower Green Bay on the Cat Island Chain


Male piping plover with chick.

Male piping plover with chick.

Photo by Tom Prestby/UWGB.


August 9, 2016


2016 is shaping up to be a groundbreaking year for endangered Great Lakes piping plovers in Lower Green Bay. This summer, for the first time in more than 75 years in Lower Green Bay, piping plovers successfully nested at the newly restored Cat Island Chain and fledged three chicks. Local UW-Green Bay Researcher Tom Prestby, who routinely monitors the site, spotted the nest in late May.


“Piping plovers have used the site increasingly since it was created, including multiple males throughout the summer of 2015 but they were unsuccessful attracting a mate. We knew breeding was likely if a female found them and we’re pleased that it happened this year,” Prestby explains.


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Last updated: August 23, 2016