Virtual Piping Plover Research and Conservation in the Great Lakes Region Online
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.
Sarah Saunders joined National Audubon in 2018 where she is a quantitative ecologist in the Science Division. Sarah primarily works on projects focused in the Great Lakes region. She received her PhD at the University of Minnesota where she studied the environmental and genetic factors influencing survival and reproduction of Great Lakes Piping Plovers,an endangered shorebird.
Sarah will highlight how recent research has been used to improve management actions for the Piping Plover population, and will share updates and successes from the 2020 breeding season, including some information about the Wisconsin plovers that were tracked and evaluated by Sharing Our Shore-Waukegan Bird Monitors this past summer.
- Monday, September 21, 2020
- 5:15pm - 6:30pm
- Time Zone:
- Central Time - US & Canada (change)
- This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.