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!


Historically, the research conducted on Great Lakes Piping Plovers has focused on the biology of these birds. Genetics, heritability, family trees, and more have been topics covered by previous researchers. Starting with the 2015 breeding season, a new project will be starting. Jordan Rutter, the new graduate student leader of the recovery effort, will be analyzing the human dimensions aspect of GLPIPL conservation. It’s important to understand how people are affecting this species and what we are all willing to do to help save it.

*This summary will be updated as the project develops and progresses.

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