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FYI...if you see banded Piping Plovers, try to contact the folks listed
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> For Immediate Release                    Contact:
> October 2, 2001                          Georgia Parham 812-334-4261 x
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> EA 01- 57                          E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
>                                    Jack Dingledine 517-351-6320
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>           Number of Great Lakes Nesting Piping Plovers Up in 2001
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> The number of nesting piping plovers in the Great Lakes region rose
> slightly in 2001, with 32 nesting pairs spotted this summer, according
> to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Last year, 30 nesting pairs of
> this endangered shorebird were counted.  Plovers nested along the shores
> of Lakes Michigan and Superior in Michigan and Wisconsin, where numbers
> increased from previous years.
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> Jack Dingledine, a biologist with the Service's East Lansing, Michigan,
> field office, said the 32 pairs produced a total of 71 chicks which
> survived to fledge, the age at which they can fly.  In addition,
> Dingledine said three captive-reared piping plovers were released along
> Michigan shorelines this year.  These birds were from nests that were
> abandoned or where one or both adults were lost.
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> Dingledine said the success of this year's nesting season can be
> attributed in part to the efforts of resource managers, researchers,
> stewards and volunteers who provided important information and helped
> protect nests from disturbance over the summer.
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> "Their work is invaluable - helping us locate and monitor nests as well
> as protecting nests, eggs, and chicks from harm," Dingledine said.
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> As the nesting season comes to an end, Great Lakes piping plovers will
> begin heading south for wintering grounds in Florida and other Gulf and
> Atlantic states, joining plover populations from the Atlantic Coast and
> Great Plains.  As the birds move south, the Service is asking
> birdwatchers and others to report any sightings of piping plovers,
> especially plovers with colored bands.
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> "We encourage people to be on the lookout for piping plovers, and we are
> especially interested in birds with color bands.  However, we urge
> people not to harass the birds to get a closer look at a band,"
> Dingledine said.
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> Anyone who spots a piping plover can contact Dingledine at 517-351-6320
> or by e-mail at  [log in to unmask] or Jennifer Stucker at 612-624
> -1202;
> [log in to unmask]   Information about the piping plover and the color bands
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> available at the University of Minnesota's website at
> http://www.consbio.umn.edu
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> The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency
> responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and
> plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
> people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
> System which encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges,
> thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also
> operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78
> ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife
> laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird
> populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and
> restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign
> governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the
> Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in
> excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife
> agencies.
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