In 1986, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the piping plover as endangered in the Great Lakes watershed of both the U.S. and Canada, and as threatened in the remainder of its range in the U.S. The plover breeds in three geographic regions of North America: the Great Lakes (currently U.S. only), the Northern Great Plains (U.S. and Canada), and the Atlantic Coast (North Carolina to Canada). The plovers migrate through and winter in coastal areas of the U.S. from North Carolina to Texas and in portions of Mexico and the Caribbean and spend up to 10 months of their life cycle on their migration and winter grounds. They can be seen in South Carolina from July 15 through as late as May 15.
Piping Plover Survey Information