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.