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Great Lakes Piping Plovers

This male was raised in our captive-rearing facility.

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The Piping Plover is a small shorebird that nests in three separate geographic populations in the United States and Canada: The Northern Great Plains, the shores of the Great Lakes, and along the Atlantic coast. Birds from all three populations winter on the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts in the United States, as well as in the Bahamas. This website features the Great Lakes population, which is listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Piping Plover in the Great Lakes - USFWS

A video about Piping Plover recovery efforts.

The shores of the Great Lakes were once home to nearly 800 pairs of Piping Plovers. Today, about 75 nesting pairs remain in the Great Lakes Population. In 1986, the piping plover was placed on the Federal Endangered Species list. Their rapid population decline was, in part, due to nest disruption and predation as well as habitat deterioration.  The Great Lakes Piping Plover Conservation Team a partner group made up of Federal and State Agencies, Great Lakes Tribes, non-government organizations and interested private citizens works for recovery of this unique shorebird of the Great Lakes beaches.

November 20, 2019

In 2019 a Piping Plover chick hatched near Sleeping Bear Point in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It was one of several to hatch in that area. Without the identifying bands put on its legs when it was about a week old it would look the same to us as any other y...

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The Piping Plover

- music in the dunes -

 "...if I were required to name a sound, the remembrance of which most perfectly revives the impression which the beach has made, it would be the dreary peep of the piping plover (Charadrius melodus) which haunts there"

-Henry David Thoreau

* Recording credit: Patrick Turgeon, XC328023.

Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/328023.

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