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Proceedings of the Symposium on the Wintering Ecology and Conservation of Piping Plovers

Piping Plover

Piping Plover. Photo by Sidney Maddock.

The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) was declared an endangered and threatened species in the U.S. and an endangered species in Canada in 1985. The plight of the Piping Plover was once again emphasized when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated critical habitat for wintering piping plovers in 2001. The following year, the International Piping Plover Coordination Group, a committee of biologists, scientists, researchers, and academicians from the United States and Canada, expanded its membership to include three biologists from the Piping Plover's wintering range.

Over the next few years additional data and information were gathered on various issues relating to the Piping Plover during its migration and on the wintering grounds. A majority of that information and research was presented in February 2005 at a Symposium on the Wintering Ecology and Conservation of Piping Plovers in Jekyll Island, Georgia. The symposium was held in conjunction with the First Regional Workshop on Dredging, Beach Nourishment, and Birds on the South Atlantic Coast, sponsored by the American Bird Conservancy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The goal of the symposium was to bring together researchers, managers, academia, and concerned citizens to discuss and present recent findings on the wintering ecology and conservation of the imperiled Piping Plover. These proceedings are intended, in part, to facilitate the development of a comprehensive conservation and management strategy for nonbreeding Piping Plovers by the International Piping Plover Coordination Group. As such, several authors have prepared (or are currently preparing) extended articles, reports, or theses based on their presentations. Links to those articles (in pdf format) are provided below, as are links to the authors' submitted abstract and presentation.

For bibliographic purposes, the proceedings should be cited as follows: Rabon, D.R. (compiler). 2006. Proceedings of the Symposium on the Wintering Ecology and Conservation of Piping Plovers. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Raleigh, NC.

FEBRUARY 1, 2005 - PIPING PLOVER WINTERING ECOLOGY

Session I: Piping Plover winter distribution and abundance. Chair: David Rabon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NC.

  • Survival rates during non-breeding periods: the Achilles heel of Piping Plover recovery efforts. Scott Melvin, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, MA; Anne Hecht, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MA; Diane L. Amirault, Canadian Wildlife Service, NB; and James P. Gibbs, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, NY.
    ABSTRACT (24KB) • PRESENTATION • ARTICLE
  • Preliminary results of a five year banding study in Eastern Canada: support for expanding conservation efforts to non-breeding sites? Diane Amirault, Canadian Wildlife Service, NB.
    ABSTRACT (43KB) • PRESENTATION (539KB) • ARTICLE (123KB)
  • Compilation and assessment of Piping Plover wintering and migratory staging area data in North Carolina. Susan E. Cameron and David H. Allen, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, NC; Marcia M. Lyons, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC; Jeff R. Cordes, Cape Lookout National Seashore, NC; and Sidney B. Maddock, Buxton, NC
    ABSTRACT (22KB) • PRESENTATION (957KB) • ARTICLE (42KB)
  • Distribution, timing and abundance of wintering Piping Plovers in South Carolina.Felicia Sanders, Sarah Dodd, Tom Murphy, and Mark Spinks, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, SC; and Melissa Bimbi and Paula Sisson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SC.
    ABSTRACT (21KB) • PRESENTATION (439KB) • ARTICLE (78KB)
  • The winter ecology of the Piping Plover in coastal Georgia. Brandon L. Noel and C. Ray Chandler, Department of Biology, Georgia Southern University, GA; and Bradford A. Winn, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, GA.
    ABSTRACT (25KB) • PRESENTATION (11.8MB) • ARTICLE (3.1MB) • THESIS (601KB)
  • Distribution and abundance of Piping Plovers and Snowy Plovers wintering in Florida. Terry Doonan, Nancy Douglass, and Karen Lamonte, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FL.
    ABSTRACT (23KB) • PRESENTATION • ARTICLE
  • Origin and distribution of Piping Plovers wintering in SE Georgia and NE Florida. Patrick R. Leary and Doris M. Leary, Duval County, FL.
    ABSTRACT (20KB) • PRESENTATION • ARTICLE
  • Overview of Piping Plovers on the Texas coast: summary of distribution and abundance information. Robyn A. Cobb, Thomas J. Shearer, and Patricia M. Bacak-Clements, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, TX.
    ABSTRACT (22KB) • PRESENTATION (68.2MB) • ARTICLE
  • Band Identification skills for non-breeding Piping Plovers. Sidney B. Maddock, Buxton, NC.
    ABSTRACT (22KB) • PRESENTATION (2.0MB) • ARTICLE
  • History of the International Piping Plover census and plans for the 2006 census. Elise Elliott-Smith and Sue Haig, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, OR.
    ABSTRACT (23KB) • PRESENTATION (451KB) • ARTICLE

Session II: Wintering habitat and management issues. Chair: Diane Amirault, Canadian Wildlife Service, NB.

  • Movements, habitat use, and survival of non-breeding Piping Plovers.Katherine R. Mehl and Jonathan E. Thompson, Ducks Unlimited Canada, NL; Kiel L. Drake, University of Saskatchewan, SK; Curt Zonick, Texas Audubon Society, TX. Presented by Paul Goosen, Canadian Wildlife Service, AB.
    ABSTRACT (22KB) • PRESENTATION (952KB) • ARTICLE
  • Geographic information system (GIS) analysis of Piping Plover macrohabitat on the Gulf of Mexico Coast. Olivia LeDee and Francesca J. Cuthbert, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, MN.
    ABSTRACT (25KB) • PRESENTATION (1.2MB) • THESIS (1.1MB)
  • Wintering Piping Plovers in South Texas: comparing remote and managed barrier island Gulf beaches. Anthony F. Amos, Marine Science Institute, University of Texas, TX.
    ABSTRACT (22KB) • PRESENTATION (4.2MB) • ARTICLE
  • Winter observations of Great Lakes Piping Plovers 1995-2004: conservation and management implications. Jennifer H. Stucker and Francesca J. Cuthbert, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, MN.
    ABSTRACT (23KB) • PRESENTATION (383KB) • REPORT (479KB)
  • Inland Piping Plover migration stopover sites: using birders' reports to study migration patterns and habitat use.Vanessa D. Pompei and Francesca J. Cuthbert, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, MN.
    ABSTRACT (21KB) • PRESENTATION (579KB) • ARTICLE
  • Using proxies of anthropogenic disturbance to estimate the distribution of wintering Piping Plovers.Olivia LeDee and Francesca J. Cuthbert. Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, MN.
    ABSTRACT (25KB) • PRESENTATION (1.1MB) • THESIS (1.1MB)

FEBRUARY 2, 2005 - BEACH NOURISHMENT AND BIRDS

Session III: Beach Nourishment and Piping Plovers. Chair: Anne Hecht, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MA.

  • Beach stabilization and Piping Plovers: overview of conservation issues and implications for ESA section 7 consultation.David Rabon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NC; and Anne Hecht, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MA.
    ABSTRACT (23KB) • PRESENTATION (5MB) • ARTICLE
  • Piping Plover utilization of the Mason Inlet Relocation Project area, North Carolina.Wm. David Webster, Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC.
    ABSTRACT (21KB) • PRESENTATION (14MB) • ARTICLE
  • Piping Plover population regulation on a rebuilt barrier island.Lawrence M. Houghton, Jonathan B. Cohen, and James D. Fraser, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech, VA.
    ABSTRACT (21KB) • PRESENTATION (1.5MB) • ARTICLE
  • Piping Plover habitat considerations for beach nourishment project designs. Jim Fraser, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech, VA.
    ABSTRACT (22KB) • PRESENTATION (2.2MB) • ARTICLE

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Last Updated: November 1, 2012