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Piping Plover (Great Lakes Population)

Recovery Plan


Piping plover chick held in the hand of a researcher applying a leg band.

Research on piping plovers includes banding chicks to learn more about mortality, dispersal, migration and many other aspects of plover life history and ecology.

Photo by USFWS; Joel Trick

The Piping Plover Recovery Plan is a blueprint for recovering this endangered bird on its breeding grounds in the Great Lakes and on its wintering grounds in the Southeast.


A PDF version of the Recovery Plan is available below. The Recovery Plan is also available as a hard copy by request from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's East Lansing Field Office (Suite 101, 2651 Coolidge Road, East Lansing, MI 48823 - Phone 517/351-2555). TTY users may contact the Service through the Federal Relay Service at 8-800-877-8339.


Recovery Plan Documents

Federal Register Notice of Availablity of Approved Recovery Plan for the Great Lakes Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus): Sept. 16, 2003 (PDF 43kb; 2 pages)


Recovery Plan for the Great Lakes Population of the Piping Plover (PDF 1.3 mb; 151 pages)


News Release (Sept. 16, 2003) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Approval of Recovery Plan for the Endangered Piping Plover (Great Lakes Population)


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Last updated: April 14, 2015