A pair of piping plovers returns to their nesting area to find new threats to their safety and a danger-filled environment to raise their chicks. The pair finds a better place, but is frightened by biologists who build an exclosure around their nest to keep out predators. Gradually they adjust to this strange, new structure and successfully raise four youngsters.
The story is told from the perspective of the bird pair, gently reminding readers that human behavior affects the lives of other creatures in ways we often don’t notice. But the book offers hope and encouragement that there are effective methods for helping endangered populations and that caring humans can make a big difference.
Vividly colorful art creates the mood of beach shorelines along the Great Lakes and North Atlantic coast that are the breeding grounds for this endangered species.
Written and illustrated by Janet Riegle.
Full color. 8″ x 10″. 32 pages. Ages 5-10.