CHICAGO — Monty and Rose, who achieved local fame in 2019 as the first federally endangered piping plovers to raise a family in Chicago in almost 60 years, are gone from the North Side beach where they spent three summers.

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Monty the piping plover walks along the Lake Michigan shoreline after returning to Montrose Harbor in Chicago on April 21.

But the hope that the jaunty little shorebirds sparked for their species continues to grow.

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