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?
Sergeant John Ordway--not Lewis, not Clark--gave the name "prairie dog" to the animal then new to science. Expedition members discovered it along what is now the 39-mile reach of Missouri National Recreational River. More...