An Integrative Approach to Conserving the Great Lakes Piping Plover – III

Photos: Lake Superior State University

Grant Recipient:

Lake Superior State University

Grant Awarded:

$155,780

Lake Basin(s):

Huron, Superior, Michigan

Project Location(s):

Upper Peninsula & Northern Lower Peninsula of MI and Alger, Alpena, Chippewa, Delta, Emmet, Iosco, Luce, Mackinac, and Presque Isle counties, ON

Lake Superior State University and many partners are implementing a suite of activities aimed at increasing reproductive success, quality of nesting habitat, and outreach efforts for the endangered Great Lakes piping plover population.  Specifically, they are 1) surveying shoreline miles of potential plover nesting habitat; 2) identifying, map and remove invasive plant species that directly limit availability of habitat in and around plover breeding territories; 3) intensively monitoring seven breeding territories and associated nests and minimize nest losses due to natural and human disturbances; 4) salvaging abandoned plover eggs for captive rearing and release of chicks; and 5) building upon previous outreach efforts at nesting sites to mount an extensive community outreach effort.  These actions are critical for accelerating the recovery of the piping plover with the Great Lakes basin.

“Over the past 5 years we have removed invasive plants from over 150 acres of critical dune habitat and mapped both invasives and native endangered plant populations on over 400 acres. This would not have been possible without the generosity of NFWF.”

“Over the 2014 summer, we physically surveyed over 100 miles of critical piping plover beach habitat along Lakes Superior and Michigan in the upper peninsula of Michigan and Canada. NFWF helped us play a large role in the second most successful year of plover recovery since listing in 1983, both through captive rearing and nest monitoring.” – Jason Garvon, Ph.D. Lake Superior State University

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