It's shaping-up to be a banner year for the Piping Plover.
The Great Lakes population of the small shorebird has been listed as an endangered species since 1986.
At that time, there were right around a dozen nesting pairs.
Today, more than 60 nesting pairs are sitting on nests around the Great Lakes.
Dr. Francie Cuthbert is a professor at the University of Minnesota. She's also on the staff at the University of Michigan Biological Research Station near Pellston.
And she's been following the piping plover for more than 20 years.