piping plover

noun

Definition of piping plover

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The most recent state tally found 89 nesting pairs of piping plovers on Maine beaches. USA TODAY, "Charlottesville remembered, drive-thru ban, ketchup karma: News from around our 50 states," 13 Aug. 2019 New Jersey Pleasantville: More piping plover pairs nested in the state this year – 114 compared with 98 last year – with an average of 1.24 young per nest reaching independence, The Press of Atlantic City reports. USA TODAY, "Bye-bye to Bei Bei, reverse bank robbery, squirrel survey: News from around our 50 states," 18 Nov. 2019 Nantucket: Lingering migrants and summer residents including a piping plover, a black skimmer, and a magnolia warbler last week. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 3 Nov. 2019 Royal terns are expected to suffer their largest losses of habitat in the lower Chesapeake Bay region, and piping plovers could also vanish. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Here’s how a report says climate change will harm Baltimore orioles and other birds in Maryland," 11 Oct. 2019 For instance, the piping plover, which builds its nests in sandy areas along the Atlantic coast, is expected to see its habitat encroached by the rising seas. New York Times, "These State Birds May Be Forced Out of Their States as the World Warms," 10 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of piping plover

1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Piping plover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piping%20plover. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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