Charadrius melodus or Piping Plover,Endangered and Threatned

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Why this species is endangered and threatened

Many of the coastal beaches that are usually used by the Piping Plover for nesting have been lost, to commercial, Residential, and Recreational developments.

What You're Looking For

The Piping Plover is a small shore bird, that is about the size of a sparrow.

This Species of bird feeds along coastal sand and gravel beaches in North America.

It has a sandy colored upper body, a white underside, and orange legs.

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About this species

The plovers eat insects, spiders, and crustaceans. Piping plovers are very sensitive to the presence of humans. Too much disturbance causes the parent birds to abandon their nest.The female lays four eggs in its small, shallow nest lined with pebbles or broken shells. Both parents care for the eggs and chicks. When the chicks hatch, they are able to run about and feed themselves within hours.

What is being done to protect and save them

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed recovery plans that describe actions that need to be taken to help the bird survive and recover. Measures to protect the bird's habitat are conducted each year, including controlling human access to nesting areas, nest monitoring and protection, limiting residential and industrial development, and properly managing water flow.