The Piping Plover is a small shorebird that is found along coastal beaches in North America. Part of their breeding grounds includes a large part of the northern Great Plains (in both the United States and Canada).
These darling shorebirds unfortunately have a conservation status of threatened or near-threatened across the states and provinces of their range. Their global population is on the rise but beach development and predation by non-native wildlife are among the threats facing the Piping Plover.
From IUCN Red List: The Piping Plover is listed as Near Threatened
on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has a small population which has declined significantly since the 1950s. However, there have been overall population increases since 1991 as a result of intensive conservation management, so the species is listed as Near Threatened. It is still dependent on intensive conservation efforts, so if these cease, or if trends reverse, then it would warrant immediate uplisting again.
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