The male will continue refining the scrape, vigorously digging, with his legs going a mile a minute and sand flying in every direction. By the earlier part of the previous century, the plume hunters hired by the millinery trade to provide feathers, and even whole birds, to adorn women’s hats, had nearly hunted Piping Plovers and many other species of birds to extinction. The father Plover will start his migration south when the chicks are four or five weeks old and have demonstrated an ability to fly. You Be The Judge. One parent tips up, while the other slides in underneath to start incubating. Saturday, there was absolutely no sign of the Plovers, from one of end of Good Harbor to the other. In a quest for a lush, green world where all living things thrive, delicate things must be treated delicately. After last week’s harrowingly warm weather, we lost all sight of the Piping Plover pair trying to establish a nest by the boardwalk #3 location. Nearly everyone we speak with has fallen in love with the plovers. “The pairs don’t appear to winter in the same place. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. After a fall and winter spent on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts between Florida and Texas, the endangered shorebirds will travel and spread out to the Great Plains, the Atlantic Coast, and the Great Lakes. The mission of the U.S. Incubation shifts can be anywhere from thirty minutes to four hours! Papa showed up about twenty minutes later and they changed places, he to sit on the nest, and she to forage. If the parents spend too much time away from the nest, the eggs become vulnerable to predation and overheating in the sun. No dice. I believe that as a community we can work together to help the Piping Plovers, as was done last year. Piping Plover nesting signs on the beach. Another comment heard is, “Well, they are obviously genetically inferior and stupid birds because they are unable to adapt to our human activity, you know, survival of the fittest, and all that.” Nothing could be further from the truth. These sweet sentiments of love aren’t something that the Piping Plover takes part in. The most notable of all is the repetitious piping the male makes to the female, calling her to join him in courtship. All markings may be more pronounced in the male. Geese will mourn their partners and will possibly stay widowed after their death, Gray Wolves mate with a partner and the whole family stays together for life, Macaroni Penguins dance when they see each other. They spend their summer snuggled up to their partner before eventually bailing in favor of a little freedom and tropical temperatures. National Audubon Society With great caution, they approached the nest. Stormy weather, cooler temperatures, and disturbances by dogs often result in delayed nesting. The “changing of the guard” takes place in half hour intervals and the nest is never left unprotected, unless a predator is being chased off the scene. Keep cats indoors. They always want to be close to the water, they feed at the water’s edge. “This didn’t happen by accident,” she says. ABUNDANCE AND PRODUCTIVITY ESTIMATES - 2010 UPDATE (pdf), Atlantic Coast Piping   Plover Fact sheet, Fact Sheet - Cats and   Dogs and Birds on   the Beach: A Deadly   Combination, Managing Beaches for    Piping Plovers in          New England, Printable Atlantic Coast piping plover fact sheet. Interruption of feeding may stress juvenile birds during critical periods in their development. Thursday and Friday brought record temperatures of over 90 degrees, drawing unseasonably large crowds and literally, a ton of garbage, which was not only beyond disgusting, but in turn, attracted a plethora of seagulls and crows. A lot of industrial places in the Midwest built up, even certain places in Northern Michigan where people put up cottages and second homes, and it’s recreation too. Sunday, my husband Tom discovered a few tracks and Monday, I found a few as well, but nothing like we had seen earlier. Visitors are attracted to her natural beauty, soft sandy beach, and gently sloping shoreline. A question often asked by beachgoers is why do Piping Plovers make their nest on the sandy beach where we like to recreate? On Friday, officials with the Fish and Wildlife Service spotted Monty and Rose sitting on three eggs in the nest they have made in the sand, said Louise Clemency, field supervisor for the for the federal agency’s Chicago office. Many people made an effort to control their dogs, but many did not, and on May 5, the first egg was laid in the parking lot nest. By mid-September, both adult and young plovers will have departed for their wintering areas. If she is enticed, and that is a very big if, she will make her way to the nest scrape. The third chick was observed taken away by a large crow. In order for all the eggs to hatch at the same time, adults won’t incubate or sit on the nest until the last egg is laid. When this happens, the plovers often renest in the vicinity and young hatched from these late nesting efforts may not be flying until late August. She usually lays four eggs, less typically three. Piping plovers are small, stocky shorebirds. It's not until they scurry down the sand on their orange legs that you're likely to spot these big-eyed shorebirds with a sharp black collar and an orange bill. With fewer cars in the lot during the month of April, the PiPl determine the lot is safer than the beach. The hardest thing that the volunteers had to deal with were the seemingly endless encounters with scofflaw dog owners. Most of the new or first year birds we see along Lake Huron’s shoreline were hatched from nests in Michigan, reinforcing that international cooperation and communication is essential for the survival of this species. The birds’ nesting efforts will also likely be aided by the city’s stay at home order and the closure of the lakefront. Don't leave or bury trash or food scraps on beaches. The following series of photos shows why it is so critically important to not allow dogs on Good Harbor Beach during shorebird nesting season, which begins April 1st on most Massachusetts beaches. This was witnessed multiple times during the month of April by the Piping Plover volunteer monitors. Mama Pippi and Big Papi take turns at the nest, in approximately 20 to 30 minute intervals. Even weddings take place at Gloucester’s welcoming “little good harbor” at the edge of the sea. Birdsong isn’t sure what became of the third; she was too focused on contacting Haffner to alert her that the nest full of eggs was being washed away. As a result, dog disturbances through the protected areas greatly decreased during the second half of April, creating the best possible outcome of all, and that is, the Piping Plovers have returned to their beach nest scrape! Males will attract females by digging “scrapes” — small depressions in the sand that may be decorated with small shells or driftwood.