Peyton Burt

Hi, I am Peyton Burt and I am a senior Fisheries and Wildlife major with an option in Wildlife Ecology and Management. This past summer I worked with an endangered shorebird species called a Piping Plover at Lake McConaughy. For the first part of my internship I would locate nests on the public beach and observe adult Plovers nesting. This is not an easy task since the nests are made in the sand and the eggs are a similar color. Once the nests were located I used a GPS to mark the coordinates for future observation. We wanted to know their reaction to people and stimuli and how that affected their nesting behavior. The second part of my internship was once the nests hatched I got to observe adult and chick's behavior. The chicks are pretty hilarious to watch. They like to jump, hop, and they fall down sometimes. All summer I would do surveys with the public and ask them their opinion of the Plovers. I wanted to know what they knew about the Plovers and the current regulations. It was a very rewarding experience observing this chick grow up and one day I watched it take its first flight. It made all the effort worth it.

Peyton Burt