The 2013 Piping Plover breeding season at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park was highly successful. Throughout the field season, a total of six adult Piping Plovers were identified on the shores of Wasaga Beach. After pair bonds were established, a total of two nests were confirmed in Beach Area One. Each nest contained four, small eggs. After approximately 28 days of incubation, both nests successfully hatched on June 20th (West nest) and July 1st (East nest).
All four eggs from the West nest hatched but after a territorial despite between the two nests, one chick was killed in the process. Only three of the four eggs hatched from the East nest and the cause of the unhatched egg is unknown. Three weeks later, as the East nest chicks were learning to fly, one chick later mysteriously disappeared. By the end of July, five chicks from the two nests had successfully developed their adult feathers and were thus considered to be fledglings. A few weeks later, all five chicks from the 2013 breeding season and the remaining adult Piping Plovers had migrated for the season.
The Piping Plover program continues to grow and spread the plight of the Piping Plover. One of the reasons this program continues to be such a success, is that it takes a multifaceted approach to conservation. Local volunteers, the Friends of Nancy Island & Wasaga Beach Park, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Canadian Wildlife Service all support Wasaga Beach Provincial Park in their Piping Plover recovery efforts. Although the Great Lakes Piping Plover population is in a constant state of flux, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park remains committed to the protection of the Piping Plover and its habitat.