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The nearly extinct plover, Sea Rocket, seen on Chicago beach

CHICAGO (CBS)— Another plover, believed to be a female, returned to Montrose Beach on Wednesday, giving observers hope that a love connection could be in the works.

Sea Rocket was a captive-bred chick that was released in Chicago last year along with two other plovers. Wild indigo and prickly pear. The piping plover is believed to be nearly extinct.

When the plover left, a fishing line got tangled in its foot. Bird watchers confirmed that the line was gone and that the birds’ legs appeared to be fine.

If Sea Rocket is female, the hope is that she will mate with another plover.

Sea Rocket has been dating Imani, who is a man and has not yet found a partner.

iman I returned to the beach last month. For him third consecutive year. Her parents, Monty and Rose, captured the hearts of Chicagoans in 2019 and again during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The piping plover was placed on the federal endangered species list nearly four decades ago, in 1986. To not be considered endangered, there must be at least 150 breeding pairs. By comparison, in 1990 there were only 13 pairs, but that number has increased in recent years. Habitat loss due to human development, predation and climate change are listed as contributing causes to the decline of their species.

Plovers are considered an important part of the biodiversity of Illinois and the Great Lake. Birds also offer scientists information about the state of an ecosystem, according to a study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.