Transitioning to the breeding grounds

Cheryl Ferguson Articles, Global News, Plover Lovers Committee

It has been almost a year since Plover Lovers was established on Facebook. During that time we have been able to connect with “Plover Lovers” globally. This brings like-minded individuals together to share a common interest & concern. The GLPIPL numbers remain fragile in spite of the increase in nesting pairs from 71 to 75 during the last breeding season. The 2016 International Census will hopefully provide more information.

As volunteers we have enjoyed learning about the PIPL’s in their wintering habitat and following the scientists undertaking the census in the Bahamas & elsewhere. We are learning that some of our Great Lakes PIPL’s prefer to winter in the Southeastern United States. In fact we had a confirmed sighting of one of our unattached males who was spending his second winter in Anclote Key State Park, Pinellass County, Florida (Thank you Danny Sauvageau). We still don’t know if any of our birds have been spotted in other areas, including the Caribbean.

In January, we heard from Plover Lover Janice who lives in Florida. She has been following the plight of the Piping Plovers and sent us a note of a posting to a Florida listserv  (BRDBRAIN)

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This photo was taken on Jan 4 by Ken Tracy and it was the only banded PIPL out of 31 that were spotted at Dog Beach on Honeymoon Island in Florida on that day.






During the same day, Bob Lane took this photo at Dog Beach on Honeymoon Island in Florida.  We at Sauble Beach, ON rarely see Piping Plovers, playing nicely! They are forever chasing each other out of their conquered territory as they recover from their long flight and work feverishly get their bodies ready to nest.




We, as volunteers are fortunate to be able to watch these stories unfold. We too have some great stories to share! Please share your stories with us!