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E-M:/ MDNR/US FWS Piping Plover Patrol Needs You!!

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Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 10:54:42 -0400
From: "Robert E. Clancy" <clancyre@state.mi.us>
To: <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Subject: Federally Endangered Piping Plover Needs Your Help!
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Attention, bird lovers and conservationists!
Volunteers Needed for Piping Plover Patrol - Summer 1999

The State Park Stewardship Program of the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources (MDNR), in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is
organizing a Volunteer Piping Plover Patrol to help protect this endangered
shorebird through the education of state park guests.

Plover Patrol volunteers are needed throughout June and July at the
Wilderness and Leelanau State Parks.  Volunteers are especially needed for
the weekends of June 26-27, July 3-4-5, and July 10-11.  Volunteers will
also be needed at Fisherman's Island and Tawas Point State Parks if plovers
choose to nest there this year.

The shores of the Great Lakes were once home to nearly 800 pairs of these
birds.  Today, less than 25 nesting pairs remain.  Their rapid decline is
attributed to factors including habitat destruction, nest disruption, and
predation.  In 1986, the piping plover was placed on the Federal Register
and listed as endangered.  A successful recovery, however, will take time
and require our help.  The Plover Patrol program places volunteers in the
state parks where these birds are nesting at the critical time when plover
chicks are most vulnerable.

Volunteers are expected to participate in a brief training session and then
staff two 4-hour shifts near nesting areas.  During those shifts they will
interact with park visitors by distributing piping plover information and
answering questions.

For their time and effort, volunteers will receive an official Piping Plover
Patrol   T-shirt and one night of free camping (subject to availability) for
each eight hours of volunteer time.

Those interested should contact Kristi Dunigan, at 517-782-9043, or by
e-mail at kikidun@aol.com.

Bob Clancy, Stewardship Program
DNR / Parks and Recreation Division
Phone: (517) 241-2055
Fax: (517) 373-4625

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