‘Nish’ and ‘Nellie’ incubate four eggs on the inland beach of Maumee Bay State Park. They are the first plover plover to nest in Ohio in over 80 years.
OREGON, Ohio – The world warbler capital has now become Ground Zero for a historic plover event.
For the first time in more than 80 years, a pair of plover plovers are nesting in Ohio.
Plover are sandy brown migratory shorelines with orange legs that haven’t nested in the area since the late 1930s, which explains the apparent commotion on the beach in recent days.
The nest was discovered on the bank of the park’s inland beach, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
You are welcome to see them, but part of the beach has been closed to protect the nest of the endangered coastal bird.
Visitors are reminded to give the birds plenty of space. The ODNH reminds people that it is illegal to harass or harm birds, eggs or nests of a migratory bird.
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Kimberly Kaufman of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory says the interest of bird watchers from across the country exploded when this news broke.
“They’re little rock stars for this region,” said Kimberly Kaufman, executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. “Believe it or not, these two little birds will bring tourists from all over the Midwest to see plovers, although rare here, but seeing them nest for the first time. It’s a historic event. “
Kaufman says the two birds were banded by scientists, which tells us where the birds hatched
The male is called ‘Nish’ and was hatched on Montrose Beach in Chicago in 2020.
The female ‘Nellie’ was hatched on Presque Isle in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Kaufman says Nellie laid four eggs and the couple are currently hatching them.
Nellie and Nish even have their own Facebook page: Nellie & Nish: the Maumee Bay Piping Plovers, which gives updates about the birds.
Little ringed plover was listed as an endangered species in 1986. There are currently between 60 and 80 couples on the Great Lakes.
To monitor and protect the breeding birds, volunteers work two-hour shifts from sunset to sunset. Monitoring the birds could take up to two months.
You can sign up for a shift at MaumeeBayPipingPlovers.org but expect an intensive three hour training session.
The website will also contain updates on the birds and a photo gallery.
You can also sign up for a free online presentation on the Maumee Bay Piping Plover on Tuesday, May 8th.
If Nish and Nellie can successfully hatch their eggs, it is currently unclear how the young birds will be named.
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