Date: 8/10/19 11:37 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Piping Plovers chicks: "an amazing and improbable accomplishment"
Dear all,

I received the following text this morning from Brad Semel with IDNR and thought many of you would enjoy it as much as I did:

"Both chicks have reached 23 days. The plover recovery program will record Chicago as officially fledging two chicks!"

You bet I teared up and am still tearing up.

The chicks are now big enough to be confused with their Dad from the back. They are venturing further and further out, well past their enclosure. They can also fly distances of 20-30 ft. Soon Monty will be leaving, then the two chicks a few days to a week later.

I'd like to echo the words posted by Chicago Audubon Society:

"We did it, Chicago! Congratulations to all the monitors, stewards (especially Leslie Borns) and stewardship volunteers; public landowner Chicago Park District<>; staff from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Police Department, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services; organizers of the monitoring effort Chicago Ornithological Society<> and The Illinois Ornithological Society<>; and all who graciously shared the beach, most especially Kayak Chicago and the volleyball teams - what an amazing and improbable accomplishment for these two chicks to fledge on a busy beach in the nationís third largest city! Special congratulations to the core team of Tamima Itani<>, Carl Giometti, Matt Igleski<>, Louise Clemency, Kris Lah and Brad Semel."

Thank you to every single person who has made this possible. The next big milestone will be their departure.

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County

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