Nest Success of Ground-nesting Shorebirds on Mustang Island

(2013 – present, ongoing) – We are assessing nesting success of two shorebird species (Wilson’s Plover, Snowy Plover) that nest on sandflats and amid sparse vegetation along the coastal fringe.  We capture and mark nesting birds and their chicks, and record data that will allow us to assess a range of questions on the nesting ecology and conservation status of these species.  We have also used miniaturized tracking devices to track Wilson’s Plovers through migration and to their wintering areas in Latin America – information which will guide future conservation efforts.