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Hurricane Michael devastated, but this tiny bird not only survived, its species thrived

Hurricane Michael devastated, but this tiny bird not only survived, its species thrived

Tiny snowy plover bird has had a banner year following devastating Category 5 Hurricane Michael.

A merciless Category 5 hurricane stabbed Florida’s Panhandle a year ago, cleaving homes from foundations and abrading beaches where an imperiled bird is now enjoying a renaissance.

The shell-colored snowy plover is the unwitting benefactor of one of Mother Nature’s brutally efficient resets.

Sixty-eight snowy plovers were successfully fledged this year on about a 40-mile stretch of white sugar sand from near Port St. Joe to St. Andrews State Park.

And on Oct. 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael blasted through protective gulf coast beach dunes, shredding or covering vegetation in a whirlwind of destruction that left the perfect nesting habitat for the quick-footed plover.  Click here to read the entire article.

Updated: Oct 14, 2019 10:47

Published: Oct 14, 2019 8:09