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Nesting #GLPIPL on Nature Conservancy Property in Grand Marais, MI

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X,b:Of,GY – the 2015 male GLPIPL nesting on the Nature Conservancy property in Grand Marais, Michigan –this picture was taken using a camera trap set up for a Lake Superior State University student’s senior project

Bill and Kathy Davis purchased a piece of property in Grand Marais, Michigan and then sold it to the Nature Conservatory so no one would build a house on it and it would be a safe place for the plovers to nest.

This year there is a pair that has nested on the property.

The male (color combo X,b:Of,GY) nested in Grand Marais in 2014 with a different female but unfortunately none of his chicks survived to adulthood. The female (color combo X,G:Of,bL) come much more north than her nesting site, Ludington State Park, last year.

They are both dedicated parents and they’re chicks are due to hatch on June 22.


Written by: Grand Marias monitor Gislaine Peters


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