To all the fathers out there, both bird and human that have helped make this recovery effort possible, we wish you a wonderful day!
And what better day to announce that we currently have 67 pairs of Great Lakes Piping Plovers across the region than on Father’s Day. That is three less than last year (70 pairs) and only five away from being the new record (72 pairs). Luckily we’re still in the middle of the season so there’s still time.
There also are about a dozen pairs across the region that have chicks with several more in the process of hatching or not far behind!
When the chicks hatch they literally are the size of a cotton ball on toothpicks. They weigh the same as about one U.S. nickel. Piping Plover chicks are precocial meaning that within a few hours of hatching they fluff up, are running around, and can even feed themselves. Since the chicks are so small and blend in so well with the sand, some of the best things we as people can do to help them is to give the birds lots of space, keep our dogs leashed, and be respectful of the birds in general.