PBS NewsHour special correspondent Cat Wise and cameraman Jason Lelchuk traveled to the Bahamas recently with a group of scientists to study an endangered shorebird bird called the piping plover. The birds have been on the endangered species list in the United States since the late 1980s, but like many species of migrating birds, scientists didn’t know much about their wintering grounds.
Five years ago, a small team of National Audubon Society scientists discovered piping plovers in the Bahamas on the Joulter Cays — beautiful, uninhabited spits of land in an area very few tourists visit. Now, those same scientists and others have returned to the Joulters to capture and band piping plovers in an effort to learn more about their migration patterns, and hopefully protect the area from big development.
Watch the entire report from the Bahamas on tonight’s PBS NewsHour.