Rare Piping Plovers May Be At Increased Risk Due To High Lake Levels

The small endangered population of Piping Plovers may be at increased risk due to high Great Lake levels in Canada and the Northern U.S., as beaches are reduced in size forcing nesting birds closer to cover where they are easy prey for predators like raccoons and skunks.

The Tern population may likewise face the same problems, as Great Lake levels continue to rise due to spring melt and much higher than average rainfalls in the lake-feeding tributary systems.

TM

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