The Piping Plover's color makes it difficult
to see on the sand and pebble beach; however, its distinct call
makes it easy to locate.
Plovers have been located in Michigan in the Eastern
Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Michigan along the coasts. In
recent years as few as 15 breeding pairs of Piping Plovers have
been identified in Michigan. This Michigan and Federal Endangered
Specie requires coastal dunes for habitat and breeding grounds. Pebbled
beaches are the preferred habitat where the plover can scrape a
small depression in the sand and pebbles near the foredune. Plovers
winter on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.
The young leave the nest only hours after hatching,
but remain under the parents care. The chicks are fully fledged
after three or four weeks.
Chicks under parental care.