piping plover


Definition of piping plover

: a small pale plover (Charadrius melodus) chiefly of eastern North America

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Protected by the Endangered Species Act, piping plover breeding pairs now number nearly 700. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Big number: Saving the animals," 16 Aug. 2019 Four piping plovers and 16 Bonaparte’s gulls were spotted at Point of Pines. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 29 July 2019 And the piping plovers who have made the beach their summer home may not be going anywhere anytime soon. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: 4 officers fired over Laquan McDonald shooting, Chicago under heat warning and other things to know to start your day," 19 July 2019 But two piping plovers lately have been making the beach their home. USA TODAY, "Mowing quest, mayo man, soybean scare: News from around our 50 states," 17 June 2019 But Jill Niland of the Montrose Lakefront Coalition says there are concerns about the number of people expected to attend and noise pollution that could disrupt the piping plovers. USA TODAY, "Mowing quest, mayo man, soybean scare: News from around our 50 states," 17 June 2019 This is often unfortunate, as ghost crabs have broad culinary tastes, and hatchling piping plovers sometimes wind up on the crab’s menu, along with the crab’s usual fare of insects, dead fish and clams. New York Times, "Ghost on the Beach," 28 June 2018 And the uptick in piping plover nests is a testament to hard work. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Connecticut Audubon Hosts Migration Madness Weekend," 29 May 2018 Yet the island is also the seasonal home to piping plovers, a small bird that returns every year to dig its nests on the beach. Rick Rojas, New York Times, "Trapping Foxes to Save Plovers Sets Off Showdown at Jersey Shore," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of piping plover

1828, in the meaning defined above

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