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!

The GLPIPL Are Coming!

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In 2015, the first GLPIPL was a male (color combo B,O:X,g) spotted at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on April 13th. Will this week be the week that the first GLPIPL are spotted on the breeding grounds for 2016? Will B,O:X,g be the first plover seen again? Stay tuned to find out.

B,O:X,g (male, first observed plover in the 2015 breeding season, age 14 in 2016) courting a female

B,O:X,g (male, first observed plover in the 2015 breeding season on April 13th, age 14 in 2016) courting a female

Depending on where the GLPIPL spent the winter (and for many we have no idea where that is exactly) they may be traveling ~1,000 miles from the non-breeding grounds to the Great Lakes region where they will set up territories, nest, and raise their chicks. That’s an incredible feat for something that weighs the same amount as half a stick of butter!

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Piping Plover Seasonal Range and Distribution Map

General 2015 GLPIPL Breeding Sites (plus Duluth, Minnesota sighting)

General 2015 GLPIPL Breeding Sites (plus Duluth, Minnesota sighting)

Starting in May we will have full time, hired staff searching the beaches to identify each plover and discover where their territories are. Fingers crossed for a great and successful season!

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