This year the lake rose again, to near-record highs. And yet, birds flourished, thanks to a project that’s rebuilding the islands. Gulls, terns, and other colonial nesters were back. So were more than 30 shorebird species, including the threatened rufa Red Knot and the endangered Piping Plover. Drawn to the newly built high ground, plovers returned in 2016 to nest in Lower Green Bay for the first time in 75 years. This past summer 15 chicks scuttled across the Cat Island sands, a promising foothold for a fragile population. ‘Frankly, I was not expecting this kind of success,’ says Prof. Bob Howe, a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay ecologist involved in the restoration. ‘The results have been nothing short of amazing.'” Read more from Audubon Magazine.
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