The following results are based on survey work that has taken place from 1 May until 25 May. There are a total of 33 pairs thus far this season. Currently, there are 29 active nests. There are approximately 17 potential pairs across Michigan. High water levels and low nighttime temperatures are thought to be the main reason for the low nest count so far this year.
Nine eggs, all currently viable, are currently being incubated in the captive rearing center from a total of three nests (one from Ludington State Park, two from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore). These nests were vulnerable in some way (abandoned by the parents, predation, etc…) and it was determined that they should be raised in captivity until they can be released later this summer when they fledge (old enough to fly and live on their own).
The first eggs (both wild and captive) are expected to hatch in approximately two weeks.
Thank you to all the monitors and other individuals who make and report these observations.