Piping Plover, Atlantic Coast Population
Northeast Region

Welcome to the Piping Plover Site for the Atlantic Coast Population!

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has designated critical habitat for Great Lakes, Northern Great Plains, and wintering piping plovers. More information is available here. No Atlantic Coast breeding areas are included in these designations.

A year in the life of a piping plover: Check out Audubon’s interactive story map tracking the threats and protection efforts that this bird meets on its 4,000-mile odyssey.


Piping plover by Rae Obbie
See the National Park Service piping plover photo essay.

Please report observations of banded piping plovers!

Where do piping plovers winter? Read Audubon Magazine’s “Solving the Piping Plover Puzzle,” and follow the researchers' journey to find this missing piece.


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Last updated: March 26, 2015
All images by FWS unless otherwise noted.