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2009-05-19 16:56:24

Bird watchers are migrating thousands of miles to Florida for a chance to see an Asian bird that has shown up in a Jacksonville park. Volunteers doing a census in Huguenot Memorial Park spotted the greater sand plover last week, The Orlando Sentinel reports. The species breeds in Turkey and central Asia and winters on Mediterranean and Indian Ocean beaches. A greater sand plover was spotted in California in 2001, the first time it was reported in the Americas. Reports of the Florida bird have...

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2009-03-26 14:48:00

Warm summers are dramatically reducing populations of daddy long legs, which in turn is having a severe impact on the bird populations which rely on them for food. New research by a team of bird experts, including Newcastle University's Dr Mark Whittingham, spells out for the first time how climate change may affect upland bird species like the golden plover "“ perhaps pushing it towards local extinction by the end of the century. It also points a way forward to how we can attempt to...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

By Anonymous OLD ORCHARD BEACH - State wildlife officials are looking to step up efforts to protect the threatened piping plover by expanding "essential habitat" zones for the shorebirds in Old Orchard Beach and Biddeford. The designation would give officials some control over nearby activities and restrict access to areas where the birds have established nests. More protection is badly needed because piping plovers have endured another year of little breeding success in the state,...

2008-07-13 09:00:00

By W MEADE STITH III By W. Meade Stith III Environmentalists have sued to stop driving on beaches in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to push for more critical habitat designations in the Seashore. The stated reason for these actions is to protect the piping plover, a shorebird considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. In 2008, a consent decree closed the most popular beaches in the Seashore. You'd think the piping...

2008-07-13 09:00:18

By Melissa Mcever, The Brownsville Herald, Texas Jul. 13--They're small birds in big trouble. The piping plover, a squat, sandy-colored bird that spends its winters on the Gulf Coast, is a threatened species in this region, and endangered in its breeding grounds in the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. To prevent the piping plover's further depletion, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated certain tracts of land, including some portions of the Rio Grande...

2008-07-12 12:00:18

By Melissa Mcever, Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas Jul. 12--They're small birds in big trouble. The piping plover, a squat, sandy-colored bird that spends its winters on the Gulf Coast, is a threatened species in this region, and endangered in its breeding grounds in the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. To prevent the piping plover's further depletion, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated certain tracts of land, including some portions of the Rio...

2008-07-09 00:00:16

Crews at Presque Isle State Park are closing two beaches because there's not enough sand on them. Beaches 9 and 10 will be closed Monday through Thursday for the next three weeks while crews replenish the sand that washes away. The crews will dump more than 19,000 tons of sand on the beaches. The park typically replaces the sand on its beaches before Memorial Day. The project was delayed on these two beaches this year because officials thought some piping plover birds might nest in the...

2008-07-03 15:00:21

By Donita Naylor NARRAGANSETT -- Can you keep the fireworks down, please? The babies are sleeping. For about the third time in nearly 30 years, the Dunes Club near the Narrow River Inlet is postponing its annual Fourth of July fireworks until two federally protected piping plover chicks are old enough to survive the apocalypse. Or so it may seem to plovers, ruled so sensitive that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has closed Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown every summer for the...


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2009-04-07 14:43:48

The Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus) is a species of wading bird that is fairly common in southern New Zealand. It is not often seen in northern New Zealand. Its habitat is beaches, mud flats, grasslands and bare ground. It is also known as the Banded Dotterel in New Zealand. There are two subspecies: the nominate Charadrius bicinctus bicinctus breeding in New Zealand and the Chatham Islands and Charadrius bicinctus exilis breeding in the Auckland Islands. The northern...

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2009-02-27 15:59:57

The Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis) also known as the Australian Dotterel, is a species of plover native to southern and central Australia. Its habitat is open, arid country, and distribution of the species is bound to regions with equal rainfall (mostly about 4 inches of precipitation annually). The adult is 7.5 to 9 inches in length with a 17 to 18.5 inch wingspan. It weighs about 2.8 ounces. The upperparts are beige, mottled with dark brown. The face is pale but marked by a...

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2009-02-27 15:53:03

The Shore Plover (Thinornis novaeseelandiae) is a species of bird native to New Zealand. It is an endangered species with a world population of less than 250 individuals. It was once commonly found across the South Island in New Zealand, but is now extinct there. The possible reason for its extinction there may be the result of introduced predators, such as rats and cats. It has survived on the island of Rangatira, in the Chatham Islands. It has also been introduced to other offshore islands...

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2009-02-27 15:51:49

The Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) is a species of ground bird found in the high plains of North America from southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan to northern New Mexico and the Texas panhandle. There is an isolated population that occurs in the Davis Mountains of western Texas. Most of the population winters in the San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys of California. The winter range also extends along the U.S.-Mexican border, mostly on the Mexican side. The Mountain Plover...

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2009-02-27 15:47:59

The Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus) is a species of wading bird that breeds on open grassland in central Asia. It is most common to the north and east of the Caspian Sea. It is a migratory species and winters in east Africa, normally on grassland or cultivated lands. It is a striking bird that is slightly larger than the Ringed Plover. It is slimmer and longer-legged than Sand Plovers. It has a strong white eye stripe, and a long thin bill. The summer male has a gray-brown back and...

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