Piping Plover Threats: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Takes Action

Officials at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are doing what they can to protect an already endangered shorebird from rising water levels in the Great Lakes.

Piping plovers build their nests and raise their young on beaches around the Great Lakes.

Over time, development along shorelines has shrunk their habitat, causing their population to drop.

Rising water levels this year have taken even more nesting ground from the birds, and it comes as the plovers prepare for their eggs to hatch.

To help, national lakeshore officials have roped off piping plover nesting areas where waters are moving closer.

They’ve also posted signs urging people to steer clear.