Adopt a Wilson’s Plover Chick (Fortuna)


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This is Fortuna (left), one of this season’s Wilson’s Plover chicks. Fortuna was named after the Roman goddess of fortune, and the personification of luck. Fortuna spends her days with her two sisters, Nike and Victoria, and her unbanded father, just down the beach from Triton and his dad TH. Just like her goddess namesake, who brings both good and bad luck, Fortuna is a fickle chick, sometimes changing her mind many times in a day! Fortuna and her sisters Nike and Victoria were banded on 7/16/20, and her band number is 2501-84632.

The Wilson’s Plover is a shorebird species of high concern that GCBO researchers and protects. These birds nest on the sand and shells of our Texas beaches and scurry around the dunes inter-tidal zone finding invertebrates to eat. Their chicks are precocial, meaning that they can walk and feed themselves almost immediately after hatching. Our biologist Taylor and intern Morgan have been monitoring these birds all season, and have gotten to know the parents and their chicks!

When you adopt a chick, you will receive a photo of your chick, and an adoption certificate. Your adoption fees will go towards GCBO’s efforts to research and protect birds like these chicks!