THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED.
The shores of the Great Lakes were once home to nearly 800 pairs of Piping Plovers, a small shorebird. Today, about 75 pairs remain. Dr. Sarah Saunders will discuss her research on these birds, current recovery efforts, and recent nesting attempts (and successes!) in the Chicago area. Color-banding has given researchers the opportunity to get to know individual birds – from this information, they have learned a great deal about factors influencing their survival, reproduction, and population viability. Dr. Saunders will share how this research helps improve the management actions for this endangered population, as well as a few behind-the-scenes stories from the field.