Piping plover chick Imani, born to Monty and Rose, returns to her birthplace in Montrose Beach
UPTOWN – A Great Lakes piping plover chick that was born in Montrose Beach has returned home after a winter down south and a slight detour to Minnesota.
Imani, born last year to famous parents Monty and Rose, was spotted in Montrose Beach, volunteer group Chicago Piping Plovers announced Monday.
The one-year-old plover was pictured Monday at Montrose Beach, just days after it was spotted in Duluth, Minnesota. Imani was first seen this breeding season in Duluth after spending her first winter in an unknown southern state.
After flying from Duluth to Chicago, birders aren’t sure exactly where Imani will end up mating and nesting this year.
“Just visiting? We’re not sure. For now, we’re reveling in the moment,” Chicago Piping Plovers said in a tweet. “If you’re visiting Montrose Beach, be sure to give Imani her space.”
Her return to Chicago brings good news after the death of her father, Monty, on May 13. A Monty memorial is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Montrose Beach.
Imani was one of two chicks born last year to Monty and Rose, the piping plovers who captured the hearts of Chicago after choosing Montrose Beach as their summer nesting spot in 2019. It was the first time that the rare species of piping plover has been nesting in Chicago for five decades. .
During their third summer in Montrose, Monty and Rose laid a total of eight eggs, but only Imani and her brother Siewka survived.
The baby birds’ names were chosen in a Chicago Audubon Society naming contest. Imani means “faith” in Swahili, Siewka (pronounced shiv-KA) is the Polish name for plover.
The name “Imani” was proposed by Plover volunteer Dori Levine in hopes of building faith in the long-term survival of the species.
After growing strong enough to leave Montrose Beach, Imani spent a few days at Waukegan Beach and 63rd Beach before presumably heading south, said Tamima Itani, a volunteer organizer with the Chicago Piping Plovers group.
Imani had not been seen after his visit to 63rd Street Beach until Monday when he was spotted in Duluth, Itani said.
Minnesota is a rare summer nesting ground for plovers, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
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