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Featured Species | Piping Plover (Great Lakes Population) (07:07)

Host: Sarah Leon with Jack Dingledine

Piping Plover (GL) (click to view larger)
piping plover
Photo credit: Gene Nieminen/USFWS


Status: Endangered/ Listed on December 11, 1985
Scientific Name: Charadrius melodus
Description: The Great Lakes population of the piping plover was at a perilously low level. But intensive conservation efforts have seen the number of breeding pairs steadily climb from a low of 12 in 1983.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011