A 2-day-old piping plover runs along a beach in the Quonochontaug Conservation Area in Westerly, R.I. Receding water levels on the Great Lakes are exposing more of the plovers’ preferred nesting shore, boosting hopes for more reproduction of the endangered bird.

An endangered shorebird may get a reprieve after facing threats from high water on the Great Lakes. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there’s more suitable habitat for piping plover to nest as lake levels are subsiding.

While the water is still high, lake levels have been dropping and aren’t expected to reach the record highs seen last year. Rising water in the past two years has closed in on the birds’ nesting areas, shrinking their habitat and posing a challenge for their recovery.

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