On the morning of Thursday, July 15th, specially trained staff from the Great Lakes Piping Plover Conservation Team, under the direction of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, came to Maumee Bay State Park to band the four 14-day old chicks. Assisted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory staff the banding process was completed efficiently in less than twenty minutes.
Since the 1980’s the Piping Plover population in the Great Lakes has increased to a high of 76 breeding pairs in 2017, with 64 nests found in 2020. It has been estimated that 500 plus pairs existed before the decline. The majority of nests among the Great Lakes now are in Michigan.
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