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Welcome Piping Plovers Tweety and Flash to Woodland Beach.    

We at WB will do our best to give you your space as you raise your chicks. 


The piping plover is an endangered bird on the federal endangered species list. The nesting area located in Woodland Beach is identified with fencing. Entering the enclosed area is strictly prohibited. It is important that all members of the public respect the enclosed areas and keep people and pets from going into this area.  

We will post more information and report on our website as it becomes available. 

General FAQ:

Why are they endangered? How endangered are they?

-Loss of breeding habitat; they need wide sandy beaches to raise their young. The fencing gives them more space to safely forage. -In the Great Lakes, there are fewer than 250 individuals.

What are their threats?

-Common threats are off leash dogs, very busy beaches (where plovers can’t safely forage), ATVs and vehicles on the beach -Natural threats are predators (crows, gulls, small mammals), and flooding during storms.

Where do they go in the winter?

-The USA Gulf Coast, often Florida.

Are they banded?

-The male has bands on his legs, his nickname is Flash; he hatched in captive rearing in Michigan, he overwinters in Alabama, and he’s 2 years old. The female is unbanded, so we don’t know her history.

Where else to plovers nest?

-In Ontario, nests are currently present at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Darlington Provincial Park. Nests may be on other municipal beaches that are closed to the public due to COVID-19. Last year, this pair nested on a private property in Tiny.

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