Birds are everyday miracles. A hummingbird weighs less than a French fry and can fly a thousand miles without food or rest. A Whimbrel will fly through a hurricane if necessary to get to its wintering grounds.
But the human footprint is taking an ever-larger toll on these remarkable creatures. Urban sprawl, habitat destruction, pollution and climate change have combined to push bird after bird to the very brink of survival.
Audubon’s strategy for bringing back the Piping Plover includes:
- Setting aside critical habitat, including no-go beach zones during plover mating season;
- Educating beachgoers—we can co-exist with plovers with a little forethought;
- Protecting nesting areas from raccoons, feral cats, and other predators; and
- Taking a global view. Most Piping Plovers spend much of the year in their wintering grounds in the Bahamas. We must protect plover habitat at every stage of its annual migratory journey.
Of course, by saving plovers, we save a host of other birds and wildlife. And as we are learning more and more, where birds thrive, people prosper.
We have achieved so much in our 107 years. We’re counting on your continued help to leave our children a world that is healthier—and richer in bird life—than the one we inherited.
Thanks for your care and commitment.
(Sean P. Carey)
Take the Piping Plover—an endearing shorebird once common along coasts and waterways. Today, no more than 8,000 adult Piping Plovers survive worldwide. In recent decades these beach-nesting birds have seen their breeding and roosting habitats devoured by human activity.
- Donated land to help protect piping plover (metronews.ca)
- Endangered “Piping Plover” Spotted In Bermuda (bernews.com)
- Plovers in paradise (usfwsnortheast.wordpress.com)
- Citizen Science: Reporting Banded Shorebirds (onthetrailfwc.wordpress.com)
- After voters reject leash law, Scarborough to create animal control study panel (bangordailynews.com)
- ‘Dream Plover’: Wilson’s Plovers on Abaco (1) (rollingharbour.com)
- Now Available: Wilson’s Plover Conservation Plan (worldwaders.wordpress.com)
- It Takes a Village to Raise a Plover (nancyislandblog.wordpress.com)
- The Piping Plover (tankawanka.wordpress.com)
- Scrapes, Chicks & Broken Wings: Wilson’s Plovers on Abaco (3) (rollingharbour.com)