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Piping Plover & Least Tern Project 2011 Final Report

Friday, March 16th, 2012
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Piping Plover and Newborn Chick by Amanda Reed

Piping Plover and Newborn Chick by Amanda Reed

The summer of 2011 proved to be a very good nesting year for Piping Plovers. A total of 33 pair nested on 16 different beaches from Reid State Park in the north to Ogunquit Beach in the south. By summer’s end we counted 70 fledglings chicks that can fly on their own, making the 2011 Piping Plover season the most productive since 1995.
Productivity was 2.12 fledglings/pair, significantly higher than the national recovery goal of 1.5/pair, which is considered the minimum needed to grow the population. Depending on how many young survive migration and overwintering, we hope to see more breeding pairs in Maine when these young birds return to breed.

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