A multi-agency team has been working since 2012 to improve habitat specifically at Gull Point, removing invasive plant species and making the Great Lakes palustrine sand plane more beneficial to foraging migrant and potential nesting birds.

As a result of habitat work and an overall increase in the population, the federally-endangered Piping Plover successfully nested at Gull Point in 2017 after a dearth of more than 60 years. These small birds were regular nesters at Gull Point through the 1950s. When they were listed as endangered in 1986, the Great Lakes population of Piping Plovers consisted of approximately 17 pairs. In 2017, 76 pairs were recorded.