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Piping Plover


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 (Charadrius melodus) | Summary


Program Documents

Habitat Management Recommendations

Kiawah Island East End Erosion and Beach Restoration Project

2010 Nonbreeding Piping Plover Conservation Workshop Proceedings

BMPs For Shoreline Stabilization To Avoid And Minimize Adverse Environmental Impacts

Inventory Of Habitat Modifications To Tidal Inlets In The Coastal Migration And Wintering Range

The Status of Sandy Oceanfront Beach Habitat In The Coastal Migration And Wintering Range

Comprehensive Conservation Strategy for the Piping Plover Coastal Migration and Wintering Range in the Continental United States

South Carolina Shorebird Project Final Report

Share The Beach Interpretive Sign and Poster

Piping Plover Survey and Band Resighting Information

PIPL Band Identification Training

How To Resight and Report Banded Piping Plovers

Example PIPL Survey Datasheet

Program Links

Designated Critical Habitat

Species Profile

SCDNR Seabird and Shorebird Program

Program Contact


Last updated: December 12, 2017
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