Lake Superior State University and many partners worked to implement a suite of activities aimed at increasing reproductive success, quality of nesting habitat, and outreach efforts for the endangered Great Lakes piping plover population. Thy aimed to: 1) surveyed over 80 shoreline miles of potential plover nesting habitat; 2) identified, map and remove invasive plant species that directly limit availability of habitat in and around plover breeding territories; 3) intensively monitored seven breeding territories and associated nests and minimize nest losses due to natural and human disturbances; 4) salvaged abandoned plover eggs for captive rearing and release of chicks; and 5) built 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.
Superior, Michigan, Huron
Shoreline areas of Alger, Alpena, Chippewa, Delta, Emmet, Iosco, Luce, Mackinac, and Presque Isle Counties, MI