5 Banded Piping Plover

Recently Jim Ferris, new member of the Caloosa Bird Club, shared a photo of a Piping Plover taken at Bunche Beach in Lee County, Florida on December 29, 2014.  Below is the correspondence between Jim and the Great Lakes Piping Plover Band Reporting Program.

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Fw: [EXTERNAL] Banded Piping Plover 


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From: plover Great Lakes Piping Plover Band Reporting

Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 2:47 P

To:Jim Ferris

Subject: Re: FW: [EXTERNAL] Banded Piping Plover Observation (UNCLASSIFIED)


Thanks for taking the time to send in your terrific photos of a banded Piping Plover. The plover you photographed is from the very small Great Lakes Population. Last summer we had only 70 breeding pairs.

This young bird has an interesting history. During incubation the nest was abandoned by the parents when the female disappeared, likely because of Merlin predation. The eggs were collected and given a second chance in our captive-rearing facility at the University of Michigan Biological Station near Pellston, MI. Three survived and once they were flying well they were released on North Manitou Island in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with a population of wild-reared chicks. It’s good to see that this one is still doing well.

I’ll attach a photo that I took of it shortly after it was released on North Manitou. May I have permission to use your photos with credit?

Alice Van Zoeren

On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 10:14 AM, plover, piping NWO <piping.plover@usace.army.mil> wrote:


Please see report below and embedded pictures. Please send any information you may have about this plover to Jim Ferris.




Jared A. Stirling


US Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District

Threatened and Endangered Species Section

NE Hwy 121, PO Box 710

Yankton, SD 57078

Office- (402)667-2584      Cell- (605)660-5159  Fax- (402)667-2588

Report color banded piping plovers to: piping.plover@usace.army.mil

Omaha District’s TP DMS: https://rsgisias.crrel.usace.army.mil/intro/dms.dmsintro.ma

Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2015 9:04 PM

To: plover, piping NWO
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Banded Piping Plover Observation

The following are two pictures of the same bird observed at Bunche Beach in Lee county, Florida on December 29, 2014:  I would be interested to know where and when the bird was banded and what population it is from.


Jim Ferris

Banded Piping Plover

Banded  Piping Plover - 2
Alice Van Zoeren

Great Lakes Piping Plover Conservation Team


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