A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
After an absence of 84 years, Piping Plovers raised three fledglings on Lake Ontario’s Toronto Islands. The pair of Piping Plovers was undaunted while incubating and raising hatchling by the more than one million visitors to Toronto Island Park’s sandy beaches, and were unscathed by predatory gulls, birds of prey, mink, raccoons, foxes, cats and dogs.
The Great Lakes population of Piping Plovers was added to the federal Endangered Species List in 1985, when there were only about a dozen nesting pairs, all nesting in Michigan. Their numbers are growing slowly; only about 67 pairs nested this year, spread out on beaches on all of the Great Lakes. Piping Plovers first returned to Canada in 2007, and the expansion into metro Toronto may indicate the population is beginning to rebound.
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