Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Effort

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First of Year Sighting- GLPIPL Return for 2016 Breeding Season

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BO:X,g (male, first observed plover in the 2015 and 2016 breeding season, age 14 in 2016) courting a female - GLPIPL archive picture

BO:X,g (male, first observed plover in the 2015 and 2016 breeding season, age 14 in 2016) courting a female – GLPIPL archive picture

The male Great Lakes Piping Plover with combo BO:X,g has done it again. He’s the first GLPIPL to return on the breeding grounds in 2016, a title he held last year in 2015 as well. He even returned on the exact same day (April 13th) to the same area, the mouth of the Platte River (a portion of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore).

BO:X,g is also now tied for oldest GLPIPL ever recorded at 14 years of age.

Stay tuned for updates from the breeding grounds now as the 2016 season has officially begun!

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