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State's rarist bird is survivor on Apostle Islands

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Wisconsin's rarest bird confines itself to Long Island, part of the Apostles' chain near Bayfield.

The piping plover vanished from the state in 1983. But officials say there are about 19 birds today, as part of an intense conservation effort.

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Back in '83, wildlife agencies and conservation groups set up a quiet habitat favorable to the white endangered shoreline birds.

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