piping plover


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pip′ing plo′ver


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a small, pale, brown and white plover of E North America, Charadrius melodus, nesting on sandy or pebbly beaches.
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Noun1.piping plover - small plover of eastern North Americapiping plover - small plover of eastern North America
plover - any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers
Charadrius, genus Charadrius - type genus of the Charadriidae: plovers
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Described by early explorers as "a mile wide and a foot deep,' Nebraska's Platte River provided a cornucopia of habitats for species nov, endangered, like the whooping crane (Grus americana), least tern (Sterna antillarum), piping plover (Charadrius melodus), and pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus).
The group fears the precedent that would be established by allowing a commercial interest to control park resources and the effect that redevelopment could have on the endangered piping plover, which nests near the Coast Guard station.
But for every modest success story, like the piping plover and the Peregrine falcon, there are many losses.
The other critters included are the black-footed ferret, thick-billed parrot, American crocodile, ocelot, Schaus swallowtail butterfly, brown pelican, gila trout, woodland caribou, Florida panther and piping plover.
For a type of shorebird called the piping plover, beaches packed with sunbathers, shell seekers, joggers and Frisbee players represent a lethal hazard.
Recent wet weather has not deterred beachnesting birds from beginning their nesting season at Cape Henlopen State Park with this years first piping plover nest found late last week on the Point, along with an American oystercatcher nest also discovered there.
There just aren't enough good crow hunters, and there are virtually no crow hunters along the piping plover beaches.
Mueller and her colleagues at the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota are creating what she calls "a fabulous success story" in restoring its piping plover population.
As families have enjoyed years of sunbathing, sandcastles, and boardwalk fries while vacationing at sandy beaches along the East Coast, the piping plover has faded into the background--literally.
Department of Agriculture said the gulls are slowly destroying the endangered piping plover by pushing them out of their nesting areas and eating their chicks.