- Horicon Marsh Bird Club to host Researcher Tom Prestby

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Posted 11/8/17

Horicon Marsh Bird Club to host UW-Green Bay Researcher Tom Prestby on Nov. 16

 

HORICON, WISCONSIN – Tom Prestby of UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, will present a program on the endangered Piping Plover on Thursday, November 16th at the next meeting of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club. The meeting will start at 7p.m. and be held in the lower level of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.

 

Piping Plovers, a small shorebird that historically nested on beaches along the shores of the Great Lakes, was listed as endangered in 1986 when biologists estimated the species had less than 20 breeding pairs.

 

In 2016, Piping Plovers successfully nested on the newly restored Cat Island Chain and fledged three chicks—the first time to do so in more than 75 years. "Piping plovers have used the site increasingly since it was created, including multiple males throughout the summer of 2015 but they were unsuccessful attracting a mate. We knew breeding was likely if a female found them and we’re pleased that it happened," Prestby explains. In 2017, four nesting pairs fledged six chicks. In his talk, Prestby will discuss the habitat restoration that encouraged this little endangered bird to once again use the area to breed, as well as continuing efforts to help increase the breeding pairs of Piping Plovers in the Great Lakes region.

 

Prestby is a graduate student at UW-Green Bay, and has worked for the Wisconsin DNR on various bird conservation projects including breeding bird surveys, marshbird surveys, Spruce Grouse trapping and telemetry, and grassland bird nest searching. He has worked alongside USFWS researchers and nonprofit organizations in monitoring Piping Plovers in the Green Bay area of Wisconsin.

You do not have to be a member of the Bird Club to attend this free program. All ages are welcome. For more information, please visit www.horiconmarshbirdclub.com or call 920-387-7893.

The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located at N7725, Hwy. 28 between the towns of Horicon and Mayville on Hwy. 28. Please use the lower entrance.

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About: The Horicon Marsh Bird Club was organized in August 1994 for studying and sharing with others the rich bird life of the Horicon Marsh and Eastern Wisconsin. Through regularly scheduled field trips, meetings, and other activities, members develop a better understanding and deeper appreciation for the diversity of birds and their important habitats.