piping plover

noun

Definition of piping plover

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

Examples of piping plover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dozens of threatened and endangered species live in the area, including birds like the piping plover and red knot, and Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 19 Oct. 2021 Martha’s Vineyard: A piping plover, a common raven, and a white-eyed vireo were seen at Gay Head. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2021 There were 74 nesting pairs of plovers this summer, said Jillian Farkas, the Great Lakes piping plover recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and 123 wild chicks fledged — the highest count since 2018. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Those four are part of 121 wild chicks fledged so far this summer, said Jillian Farkas, the Great Lakes piping plover recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 31 July 2021 The Audubon Society sued the Trump administration over the policy change last year, saying sand-mining projects destroy avian habitat, including that for the piping plover and red knot species. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, 16 July 2021 The number of wild chicks fledged overall this year is looking good, said Jillian Farkas, the Great Lakes piping plover recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 8 July 2021 But nature is an orchestra, and this preserve offers a nonstop symphony of shore birds, piping plover, wind whispering through the trees and more to soothe the mind and spirit. Josh Max, Forbes, 24 June 2021 The number of wild fledglings was down slightly last year, but Jillian Farkas, the Great Lakes piping plover recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said more available habitat is reason for hope. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 26 Apr. 2021

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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 22 Jan. 2022.

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