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EPA Highlights Recovery of Great Lakes Piping Plover

Great Lakes Piping plover chicks running on a beach

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its partners continue to support the recovery of the Great Lakes piping plover, a federally endangered species, through efforts funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Over the last 5 years, EPA has contributed around $2.7 million dollars toward the conservation and recovery of piping plover populations.

Last month, Regional Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager Kurt Thiede was joined by partners with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Minnesota, Detroit Zoological Society, and the National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan, for the release of four captively reared piping plover chicks.

“EPA is honored to play a part in the piping plover’s comeback, an incredible success story which underscores the Administration’s commitment to the Great Lakes,” said Regional Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager Kurt Thiede. “The restoration of plover populations across the Great Lakes would not be possible without strong partnerships and the continued support of GLRI.”

Read the full EPA news release - Aug. 13, 2020