The Great Lakes Piping Plover was federally listed in 1986, when the population was only at 17 pairs. Since listing, the population has slowly continued to increase as a result of monitoring and protection, predator management, captive rearing, and habitat management efforts by federal, state, university, and local partners. This presentation will provide an overview of piping plovers and the collaborative recovery and habitat restoration efforts in the Great Lakes Basin.
Jillian Farkas has been a Wildlife Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service based in East Lansing, MI since 2020. Jillian is involved with endangered species recovery, Coastal Barrier Resources Act Projects, and other Great Lakes conservation initiatives.