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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 4 2014 11:44 AM UTC +00:00

About

I will be creating calendars, photographic images and photo-DVDs, to help the Endangered Piping Plover. The funds raised will help offset the cost of producing and printing these items and contribute towards the high field costs of documenting these Piping Plovers.

Great Lakes Piping Plover Feeding
Great Lakes Piping Plover Feeding

Scientists color band birds for a reason… They try to track the birds travels to learn more about them. However, if no one reports their re-sightings, such efforts will produce very little information. The color banded Piping Plovers that spend most of their lives here in Florida come from all breeding locations across Canada and the US. I have found a large percentage of the most imperiled Great Lakes breeding population here (over 40 already of only 140 or so birds in existence!) Other birds traveled from the Great Plains population in Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Canada and a few have come from New England

Piping Plover Banded in Canada
Piping Plover Banded in Canada

When I first took photos of banded birds, it was just something neat that I came across while I was birding. One day I found a few color banded Piping Plovers, and then the next day in a different location I found some more. I then took it upon myself to see just how many banded Piping Plovers I could find in my area. I figured there were only a few birds in my area, but as time went on I found more plovers and more areas along 50 miles of coastline. As these numbers grew, so did my knowledge of where these birds rested and fed. I set a personal goal to find 100 different color banded Piping Plovers in a year. I accomplished this goal in August 2014. I did not just take photos of these birds. I recorded the precise color-combinations and their locations by GPS. I then sent this information to the agencies that banded them. The plover banders were very grateful for the information I was collecting.

Great Plains Bird Banded in Nebraska
Great Plains Bird Banded in Nebraska

        Searching and documenting these birds has taken more time and money than I thought. I want to keep tracking these birds, but I need help with the costs. When I spend a day looking for these endangered birds I hike through shallow water, across mud flats, and down sand beaches and it is usually hot. A normal day includes a boat ride, sometimes a wet one, and walking up to 7 miles. I do this for the birds, not for money.

Banded in New England Piping Plover
Banded in New England Piping Plover

I will be tracking and documenting color banded Piping Plovers on the Gulf Coast of Florida through their wintering season to June. The information that I collect will be passed on to the scientists and agencies that band these Piping Plovers. During this time I will be collecting more images for Piping Plover calendars and producing new high quality photographs of Endangered Piping Plovers.

Great Plains Bird Banded in South Dakota
Great Plains Bird Banded in South Dakota

A Special thanks to Shawn Carey of Migration Productions for some video clips!

Risks and challenges

There are no risks for meeting my goals as I already have many images to produce these calendars. When I am funded I will produce the calenders and prints and ship them to you! I already have the info submitted to the printers.

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    Full color 12 month Piping Plover 2015 Calander featuring 13 different photos of color banded Piping Plover and their story, Updates of Color Banded Piping Plovers found.

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