2018 season is successful for nesting least terns and piping plovers

Each summer the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (Program) and its partners survey the river and off-channel nesting habitat to document least tern and piping plover abundance and productivity within the Associated Habitat Area (AHR) for the Program. Monitoring typically occurs from 1 May – 1 August; however, the monitoring season has been extended when least terns or piping plovers are known to be within the AHR outside of this range of dates.

2018 has been a successful year for least terns and piping plovers thus far with 80% (80 of 100) of least tern nests and 79% (37 of 47) of piping plover nests still active or successful. Similar to previous years, there has been a good distribution of nests across off-channel sand and water (OCSW) and sandpit sites throughout the AHR, but no in-channel nesting has been observed to date.

10 July, 2018

LETE Nests

PIPL Nests

Site

Active

Successful

Failed

Active

Successful

Failed

Lexington Sandpit

1

7

1

0

4

0

Dyer Sandpit

2

10

6

0

4

1

Cottonwood Ranch OCSW

0

0

0

0

1

0

Blue Hole Sandpit

0

9

7

1

6

4

Johnson Sandpit

0

0

0

0

0

1

Broadfoot & Sons Sandpit

0

0

0

0

1

0

Broadfoot South Sandpit

5

12

5

3

6

1

Newark West Sandpit

1

10

0

1

4

0

Newark East Sandpit

4

18

1

1

2

0

Leaman OCSW

0

1

0

1

2

1

Trust Wildrose Sandpit

0

0

0

0

0

2

TOTAL

13

67

20

7

30

10

Least tern and piping plover breeding pair graph

Early indications are that breeding pair counts for both species will be similar to the previous few years when the Program last made any substantial increases in the availability of off-channel nesting habitat. However, the chick-rearing season is now upon us so it is too early to get estimates of productivity.