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Tagged: Zookeeper Dave Blaszkiewicz


Piping Plovers are shorebirds similar to (but much smaller) than the more familiar Killdeer, and the Great Lakes population is highly endangered.  Only about sixty breeding pairs exist, and they are limited to the Lake Michigan and Huron beaches of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ontario.  Much of their decline  is due to habitat loss. Since Plovers and humans are both attracted to the same beaches, suitable breeding sites are becoming increasingly rare.  Predation by both wild and domestic animals is also a big problem, and the population is so fragile that even accidents or weather events can cause significant damage.