Title: Recovery of an Endangered Shorebird Population: the Piping Plover in the Great Lakes
Speaker: Dr. Francie Cuthbert
The Great Lakes Piping Plover population was listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1986. Francie Cuthbert began her long-term (~35 years) research and conservation efforts to recover this population at the time of listing. This presentation will cover the history of plovers in the Great Lakes, threats that caused their decline to only 12-17 pairs and strategies that were used to increase numbers to 60-70 pairs currently. Join us to learn about the plover's recovery from this distinguished scientist, as well as how a large commercial airliner was named for her!
Dr. Francesca J. Cuthbert is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is also a Scientific Investigator at the University of Michigan Biological Station during the summer. For the past 30 years her research has focused on three topics in avian biology and conservation: recovery of federal or state listed species (especially piping plovers); ecology and population dynamics of colonial nesting waterbirds; and ecology and management of abundant species (especially double-crested cormorants). Most of her research involves working closely with federal and state agency biologists to facilitate conservation and management in the Great Lakes Region. She has advised > than 50 MS and PhD students and published >100 peer-reviewed research papers. Dr. Cuthbert is a past President of the Waterbird Society, Member of the Waterbird Conservation Council of the Americas and a Fellow in the American Ornithological Society. In 2009 she was honored as a Recovery Champion by US Fish and Wildlife Service for her career-long contributions to the conservation of the Great Lakes population of the Piping Plover.
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