Pectoral Sandpiper

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 Pectoral Sandpipers (Calidris melanotos) are a relatively abundant, medium-sized shorebird that can be used to indicate habitat suitability for other shorebird species. This species utilizes wet meadows and shallow mudflats available in the Prairie Pothole region during their long migration as they head from South America to their breeding grounds on the coastal tundra of North America. They migrate through the area in the mid to late-spring and back in early fall.