- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) - A program seeks to help protect endangered birds nesting along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

MLive.com reports (https://bit.ly/1VlkX56 ) the “Bark Ranger” program is planned to have volunteers and their dogs serve as park ambassadors.

The aim is to keep pets from getting into areas used by the piping plover. Dozens of the birds nest at the lakeshore along Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula.

National Lakeshore Wildlife Biologist Sue Jennings says she’s noticed more visitors and animals overstepping their bounds into the nesting areas.

When the birds are startled by a dog, which they see as a predator, they flee their nest.

There’s an information session for potential volunteers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 29 at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire.

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Online:

https://www.nps.gov/slbe

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, https://www.mlive.com


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