Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Effort

A partnership to study and conserve this migratory shorebird's endangered population between UMN, USFWS, USGS, NPS, DNR, more & You!

Conservation Success Requires Human Compromise

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Giving nesting beach birds space and reducing human interactions is a small thing we all can do that can lead to big success.

Giving nesting beach birds space and reducing human interactions is a small thing we all can do that can lead to big success.

The Great Lakes Piping Plover (GLPIPL) Recovery Effort would not be as successful as it is without the help of the public. The Recovery Effort depends greatly on volunteers all over the Great Lakes Region. We also understand that conservation efforts, and especially those surrounding an endangered species, are not always convenient. These efforts which are important for the survival of the birds can appear restrictive to people.

A current case in point is a road closure scheduled for April 15-June 15 (longer if GLPIPL nests, requiring longer protection) for Lake Shore Road near Wisconsin Point. This road closure* is prohibitory and does prevent people from using Schafer Beach, Dutchman’s Creek.

While the GLPIPL Recovery Effort understands that this road closure may be upsetting to some people, considering the many miles of Wisconsin beaches that are still available will make this short-term closure more bearable.

On behalf of the plovers and our project, we appreciate everyone’s patience and aid in helping the recovery effort.

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*The sub group of the recovery effort writing this blog was not directly involved in the Lake Shore Road closure. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the St. Louis River Alliance or the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Also, please note that this road closure has the support of the Council, Douglas County Board and Wisconsin Point Plan Implementation Committee.

 

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