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Plovers find Lakeshore great place to nest

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The largest flock of piping plover, an endangered shorebird, in the Great Lakes region summers at the Lakeshore.

However, plover numbers in the Lakeshore slipped in 2011.

According to Lakeshore biologist Sue Jennings, 18 pairs of plovers established nests in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Fifteen nests were found on the mainland and three were on North Manitou Island.

“The recovery of the Great Lakes population is dependent upon survival and recruitment of the nesting pairs located within the Lakeshore,” Jennings said. “Overall, the Great Lakes population is making a slow recovery. However, the population remains fragile and could easily be lost to a single event, such as significant storm, predation, nest disturbance and/or habitat loss.”  more...

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