The piping plover was listed as a federally threatened species in 1985, except within the Great Lakes, where it is endangered. The piping plover is a sandy-gray robin-sized (7 inch, 17 cm) shorebird with one dark breast band. It has a dark stripe across the crown during the breeding season. Other characteristics include a white wing stripe and a white rump that is visible in flight and a black tipped orange bill.
Nesting & Breeding Grounds
The nests are shallow, scraped depressions, occasionally lined with small pebbles, shells or other material. The female lays a clutch of three to four eggs with hatching in 28 days; eggs and young are tended by both parents.
Loss Of Sandbar Habitat
Did You Know?
Yankton, on the Missouri River, was the first capital of the Dakota Territory. This area included the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and parts of Idaho and Nebraska.