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One of three piping plover chicks, whose federally endangered status helped scut.

Byline: Chicago Sun-Times

One of three piping plover chicks, whose federally endangered status helped scuttle a major music festival at Montrose Beach, has died.

The piping plover chick was brought to the Lincoln Park Zoo Saturday morning when members of the Chicago birding community, who for weeks have volunteered to stand guard at the nest during daylight hours, noticed the chick was not moving normally.

"At first the volunteers couldn't find the third chick because it had been tucked under its father's wing," said Carl Giometti, president of the Chicago Ornithological Society.

One of the volunteers brought the chick to the Lincoln Park Zoo to be checked out.

"Despite supportive care all day and into the evening by veterinary staff of the Lincoln Park Zoo, the 11-day-old plover chick did not survive," according to a statement issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resource.

It died within 24 hours of being brought to the zoo, according to Louise Clemency, field supervisor for the Chicago office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Aug 4, 2019
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