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Piping Plovers and Least Terns of
the Great Plains and Nearby

A draft protocol for assessing piping plover reproductive success
on Great Plains alkali lakes


TABLE 1. PIPING PLOVER PRODUCTIVITY: CHRONOLOGICAL OBSERVATION LOG (ABBREVIATED SPREADSHEET EXAMPLE)
    date 15 May       5 Jun       19 Jun   6 Jul       15 Jul   SUMMARY  
  Pair Julian date (31 May=151, 31 Jul=212):                             no. nest nest  
Site ID ... 135 136 137 138 ... 156 157 158 ... 169 170 171 ... 187 188 189 ... 195 196 197 ... fldg fate E (d) comment
McCone 1   (l)     pr     4e     (h)   3y, 1e     2fl     2fl     2 s 12.0 1 e addled
  2       (l)       3e         D       A           0 u 9.5  
  3         s     pr         4e       D?A           0 unk 6.0 D before h?; no l estimate
  4         s     2e,C         ii       h, 4y     D, A     0 s 32.0 no y after 7/10 hail
Miller L 1       (l) s sc     4e         D       s     A     0 u 10.0 D before h; no l estimate
  2         (l)     pr sc         4e       ii     3y     3 s 22.0 laying/incub >35 d
  3   (l)           4e     (h)   2y       1fl     1 fl     1 s 12.0 1e missing before h
White L 1     s       pr       2e (R?)       D, s     A       0 u 16.5 prob. renest
  2     s       pr sc       pr         s     A       0 -   nest D before discovery?
  3             pr       pr         4y     2fl       2 -   couldn't find nest
  4     pr       3e       ii         h,4y     3y       3 s 32.0  
  5     s       4e       D         A             0 u 10.0 D before h; no l estimate
  6     pr       4e       ???         A             0 unk 7.0 nest D before h? by cattle
  7     pr       1e       ii         ii     3y       0 s 34.0 y lost ~1 wk after h
  8     s       pr       4e h       3y     D, s       0 s 1.0 found @ pipping
  9             4e       D 1 R       D, s     A       00 u 10.0 RENST fate=u E=13.0d
  10     pr       4e       ii         ii     3y       3 s 27.0  
Appam 1       pr     4e, CF       ii         D, A             0 s 14.0 D after h; no l estimate
  2       pr (l)   4e, CF                 2y       1fl     1 s 17.0  
  3       pr     4e, CF       ii         ii       4e A     0 u 35.0 eggs sterile!
  4             pr, F       4e C       3y       2y     0 s 10.0 y lost just before fledging
Goose L 1   pr           4e, C   (h)   3y       3fl     3fl     3 s 12.0  
  2   s           pr         4e       D, s     A     0 u 9.5 nest found late D before h
  3               4e, C       4y       4y     3fl     3 s 22.5  
  4   pr           pr         pr       s     A     0 -   no nest found
  5   pr           3e, C       ii       h,3y     3y     1 s 31.0 only 3 eggs in clutch
CODES sc=scrape, e=eggs, y=chicks <18-20d, fl=fledglings (chicks ≥18-20d), pr=breeding pair, s=single terr. adult, ii=ad/pair incubating, h or (h)=obs or (projected) hatch
  (l)=projected initiation date, D=destroyed/depredated, R=renest initiation date, s=successful, u=destroyed or otherwise unsuccessful, unk=unknown fate,
  A=nest and/or territory abandoned, E=exposure days; Management: C='nest cage' exclosure applied, F=elect. mesh fencing applied on beach, P=prescribed burn

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