Possibly the most time and energy intensive thing that the GLPIPL Recovery Effort does is rely on dozens of people (paid and volunteer, new and experienced, chick or adult) to observe the birds on the beach from the time they arrive in the spring until the last one leaves for the winter. These monitors check on the birds almost daily for most beaches which allows us a whole to know exactly what the birds are up to, how they’re doing, the status of their nesting attempts, any issues that arise, and more. It is because of monitors and the observations they make/report that allow us to react to certain situations (a nest being found that requires an exclosure or an abandoned nest which means the eggs need to go to the captive rearing center) as quickly as possible.
Monitors are also the public face of the GLPIPL recovery effort. If you visit a Michigan beach especially where there are nesting GLPIPL, you are much more likely to see that beach’s monitor than anyone else. They are there to help educate people and remind beach users to respect the GLPIPL. Don’t hesitate to ask them questions or even just wave hello.