Two Michigan endangered species are being observed in record numbers this year, due to the collaborative conservation efforts of the Department of Natural Resources and many partners.
“We’re really excited about the survey results for the Great Lakes piping plover and Kirtland’s warbler,” said DNR Field Operations Manager Keith Kintigh. “To have both of these species reach record numbers this year shows what great partnerships can do for wildlife conservation over time.”
|Piping Plover: The Great Lakes piping plover, a Michigan Endangered Species that lives near shorelines and beaches, is making a comeback thanks to collaborative conservation efforts|
In 1983, there were only 13 breeding pairs of Great Lakes piping plovers in Michigan. This year, more than 158 chicks have been banded in Michigan, Wisconsin and Canada, with more than 58 nests found in Michigan alone. Of the 58 Michigan nests, 43 were in the northern Lower Peninsula and 15 in the Upper Peninsula. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore had the highest occurrence of nests in the region.
|Kirtland’s Warbler: Record numbers of the endangered Kirtland’s warbler – the rarest wood warbler in North America, found in northern Michigan in the spring and summer – have been seen this year!|
In 2015, biologists, researchers and volunteers observed 2,365 singing males during the official survey period.
To learn more about the Great Lakes piping plover and Kirtland’s warbler, visit Michigan.gov/wildlife.