piping plover

GLEN HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Surging water levels are making matters worse for a Great Lakes shorebird that's already on the endangered list.
   Piping plovers build nests and raise their young on beaches around the lakes. Coastline development has shrunk their habitat and caused their numbers to plummet. Officials say 67 pairs were counted last year.
   As the lakes reach some of their highest levels on record, the plovers are being squeezed further. Scientists say it's forcing some to move closer to trees and shrubs, where they're more vulnerable to predators.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines.

Water levels have surged in recent years as the lakes bounced back from record-setting lows. Vincent Cavalieri of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that means narrower beaches and less room for the plover.

The most recent count last year turned up 67 breeding pairs of the sand-colored birds. That's an improvement from the low point of 12 pairs in 1990 but a slight drop from 76 pairs two years ago.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials say prospects are improving for two of Michigan's endangered bird species.

Field Operations Manager Keith Kintigh of the Department of Natural Resources says populations of Great Lakes piping plovers and Kirtland's warblers have increased this year. 

The plovers are migratory shorebirds with nesting grounds in Michigan. In 1983, the state had only 13 breeding pairs. This year, 58 nests were found in Michigan. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore had the most.

Piping Plover return anticipated

Mar 26, 2015

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A wildlife expert says one of the state's endangered species will soon return to Michigan after spending winter in a warmer climate. 

Vince Cavelieri of the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service tells The Grand Rapids Press that pairs of Piping Plovers are expected to return to the dunes and shores of the Great Lakes in the coming weeks. He says the birds typically are spotted beginning the week of April 6.

Piping Plovers were first listed as an endangered species in 1985 and their populations continued to dwindle until 1990.



SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Lake Superior State University says its researchers are at work this summer trying to aid the survival of an endangered bird species, the piping plover.

Researchers from the Sault Ste. Marie school have received $150,000 out of $8.5 million allocated to 30 environmental restoration projects through the Sustain Our Great Lakes program.  The effort involves monitoring of piping plover nesting areas in the eastern Upper Peninsula.