|This summer has brought exciting news for Great Lakes Piping Plovers! Meet Nish and Nellie, Ohio's first nesting Piping Plovers in 83 years. With a full clutch of four eggs that just hatched on July 1, the pair are yet another sign of the endangered species' rebound in the Great Lakes region.|
From only 30 pairs in the Great Lakes population in 2000, the number grew to 76 by 2017, the highest number recorded since the program started. This year, 72 unique pairs have already been identified—8 more than 2020—and nests have been documented in Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Ontario. Learn more about the great work from Black Swamp Bird Observatory and US Fish and Wildlife.