Piping Plover

Species Name: Charadrius melodus


Federal Rank: Threatened

Massachusetts State Rank: Threatened

Habitat Description

Sandy coastal beaches and dunes, which are relatively flat and free of vegetation. Piping Plovers often build their nests in a narrow area of land between the high tide line and the foot of the coastal dunes; they also nest in Least Tern colonies. Nesting may also occur on vegetated dunes and in eroded areas behind dunes.

Threats to Survival

Loss of habitat due to human development and high human activity during nesting season on the beaches of Cape Cod.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Limit human development and possibilities of humans encroaching on habitat during the breeding season.