A great article about the Piping Plovers monitored in the Bahamas. The discovery of some Great Lakes Piping Plovers forces the reality that this species is the most critically endangered with approximately 285 Great Lakes Piping Plovers in the world:
The 2016 International PIPL Census takes place this June. The last recorded number in 2011 was 8,000. Carolyn Hann is co-ordinating the count in Ontario. Refer to contact details.
When this photo was taken in 1986 there were only 17 breeding pairs of Piping Plovers in all of the Great Lakes, all of which were on the US shoreline. Innocent fun! Watching the joy on a child’s face as she fed the birds. Thirty years later, we’ve learned so much more. Plover Lovers everywhere are hoping to get the …
The 5 year International PIPL Census is taking place this year … likely during the first 2 weeks of June – would you like to help? Details are available.
The Hooded Plovers are endemic to Australia and face enormous threats that are very similar to the Piping Plovers that nest on the eastern shores of Lake Huron at Sauble Beach, Ontario. This article was posted on Facebook by volunteer Elizabeth Steele-Collins. Read about the adaptations exhibited by this fragile pair of plovers! Find out what they did to survive and fledge 2 chicks.
See where Piping Plovers spend their winters. The internet has offered us an opportunity to learn more about the Piping Plover after it leaves its breeding grounds.
Photos of wintering Piping Plovers in Florida. Will nesting season begin earlier in the Great Lakes region?
This is 2016 International Census year for PIPL’s! Plover Lover Volunteers visiting Georgia send back photos of what they saw. Thank you to Alice Van Zoeren (UMN) for sharing an interesting story of this Great Lakes Piping Plover. This feedback is very much appreciated by volunteers.
A photo of a pair of piping plovers engaging in tilt display, goose stepping & mating.
Spring 2015 saw for the first time in over 80 years a pair of PIPL’s nest and lay eggs on Hanlan’s Point Beach on Toronto Island. Unfortunately on June 23, 2015 after a night of thunderstorms the nest was found submerged in water. However; this pair went on to nest successfully in Jefferson County NY and successfully fledged one chick. This was the first time in more than 30 years for this area. It is hoped they will return to the area this spring.