There hasn’t been a documented nest in Ohio in at least 80 years.
The most recent count last year turned up 67 breeding pairs of the sand-colored birds. That’s an improvement from the low point of 12 pairs in 1990 but a slight drop from 76 pairs two years ago.
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)The recovery of a tiny bird in Michigan could be derailed by another threatened bird. The endangered piping plover went from 18 breeding pairs in 1993 to roughly 75 pairs in 2016 in the Great Lakes region. But another threatened species in Michigan preys on the tiny bird and could stifle its recovery. The merlin is…