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Monty the Piping Plover Is Dead, Birding Community Stunned and Mourning

By: Patty Wetli, WTTW

In a brief announcement on social media, news was shared Friday evening that Monty the piping plover has died.

Monty’s unexpected death left members of Chicago’s birding community stunned, as well as those who’ve been following his romance with mate Rose from afar for the past four years. 

The cause of death is unknown, but plover monitors said it was not due to predation. Plovers typically live fewer than five years, and Monty hatched in 2017. 

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