Piping Plovers (Charadrius Melodus) are small, stocky shorebirds that have a sand-colored upper body, white underside, and orange legs. They migrate to Lostwood Refuge in early April of each year to seek our nesting territories around wetlands with alkaline features and sandy beaches with very little grass. The female will lay four eggs in a small, shallow nest lined with pebbles or broken shells. Both parents will care of the chicks. Because they are Federally listed as threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed recovery plans such as research, habitat protection, and public education.