Privacy policy, Bird checklists - taxonomy - distribution - maps - links. American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2 (v.1) Out of the U.S. Atlantic region, coastal Massachusetts had the largest population with 935 piping plovers counted or 11.6 percent of the population. Once a male finds a mate, a female will choose where to nest within the couple’s territory. Conservation Biology Program, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA. [27] Climate change, along with consolidation drainage, drainage of smaller wetlands into another wetland to create fewer, larger wetlands, has begun to create fuller wetlands, reducing shoreline nesting habitat. IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1 (v.1) On some beaches, the nesting areas of piping plovers are closed off so people don't step on the eggs. It builds its nests higher on the shore near beach grass and other objects. It is a sand-colored, dull gray/khaki, sparrow-sized shorebird. [16] The Great Lakes populations eventually shrank to only around two dozen. This give a bird the ability to see two objects at once. ocean beach; wrack lines; washover passes; mud-, sand-, and algal flats; HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019) (v.1) American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. Garbage attracts predators such as gulls and crows that prey upon piping plover eggs and chicks. corrigenda 5) (v.1) American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. This action can frustrate some beachgoers and fishermen to conduct illegal activities. American Ornithologists' Union 5th edition (incl. IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9 (v.1) Its frequently heard alarm call is a soft pee-werp, which the second syllable lower pitched. Clements 5th edition (incl. beaches, cobble pans, or sand spits of sand dune ecosystems along the pairs. Natural hazards to eggs or chicks include storms, high winds, and abnormal high tides; human disturbances can cause the abandonment of nests and chicks as well. Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published) (v.1) South American Classification Committee (16/02/2015) (v.1) 6th suppl.) The Semipalmated Plover gets its name from having partially webbed feet, a feature this small bird makes use of by occasionally swimming in the water. (v.1) American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. Protecting the Piper with full beach closures, the Refuge now "has the second largest plover population on the North Shore". During American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 30th suppl.) IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2 (v.1) They have fairly long legs with short toes and rather short bills. Plovers are mostly long distance migrants that winter from the southern United States to Argentina in South America. The male begins a mating ritual of standing upright and "marching" towards the female, puffing himself up and quickly stomping his legs. (v.1) (v.1) Last was the Great Lakes region with only 110 birds or 1.4 percent. Habitat. Research also shows that a large hurricane with the risen sea levels could flood up to 95% of piping plover habitat, so increased coastal storms induced by climate change, combined with rising sea level, could be very damaging. 51st suppl.) Please consider making a donation to help fund our many citizen-science and educational programs. Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. Report dog walking, vandalism or other suspicious activities near plover nesting areas to your local park ranger or local police. IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3 (v.1) American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. eBird version 2016 (v.1) 57th suppl.) Please join Save Coastal Wildlife nonprofit & be the voice for coastal wildlife along the Jersey Shore. for 3 to 4 months per year. IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4 (v.1) The journey is frequently done in one long non-stop flight. South American Classification Committee (01/05/2008) (v.1) The broken wing display is also used during the nesting period to distract predators from the nest. Sight is important to finding food for birds. IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10 (v.1) Their breeding grounds extend from southern Newfoundland south to the northern parts of South Carolina. IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2 (v.1) Piping Plover: This species is nearly always found in open sandy areas near water, including ocean and lakeside beaches or river sandbars. //