Adopt a Wilson’s Plover Chick (Luna)


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This is Luna (on the right), one of this season’s Wilson’s Plover chicks. Luna was named after the moon because she is in constant orbit around her mom. Luna is easy to spot on the beach because she is almost always either directly underneath her mom or somewhere nearby. As Luna has grown, she’s become more adventurous, but always looks back to make sure that mom is still within sight. Luna and her siblings Pluto and Stella hatched on 5/29/20, were banded on 6/3/20, and her band number is 2501-84615.

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!