Ifyour holiday travels take you south, you may stop in Chicago and find arare Piping Plover, a state and federally endangered shorebird species that continuesat Montrose Beach and Dunes, Chicago’s largest public beach. The plover returned to Chicago two days ago aftera brief stint at the Indiana Dunes (see attached). The unbanded bird, dubbed “little champ” by Montrose regulars, isfeeding and finding cover on the main beach and the 13-acre restored dune habitat,an Illinois Natural Areas Inventory site managed by volunteers and the ChicagoPark District.
Our CBC is tomorrow and for sure, birders never expected Piping Plover on it. It would be one of many records this bird is making.
All best in 2019,
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>To: ILbirds IBET <ilbirds...>Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2018, 5:12:02 PM CSTSubject: IBET Montrose Piping Plover is back
Dear Ilbirders, In an incredible twist to an already unlikely story, the Piping Plover is back at Montrose Beach and Dunes. Two birders reported it this morning feeding on the algae mat at the shoreline. This is presumably the same bird that was here from October 15 - December 9, and observed on December 15 at the Indiana Dunes Beach.
Recently there has been more offleash dog traffic on the beach now that the holidays are underway. If you are there and observe offleash dogs on the main beach or inside the dune habitat, we appreciate your help monitoring the plover and calling 911 and Park District Security (312-747-2193) to report violations of the ordinance.
Meanwhile, we're waiting to hear from IDNR and USFWS as to next steps. The forecast is for relatively mild weather and no major storms before midweek, so it's possible the plover may stay around. Thanks and Happy Holidays, Leslie BornsChicago/Cook __._,_.___ Posted by: Leslie Borns <cakile...> | Reply via web post | • | Reply to sender | • | Reply to group | • | Start a New Topic | • | Messages in this topic (1) |