Tuesday, 16 June 2020 09:48

Searching for Piping Plover nesting site

Written by Michael Short
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Alberta represents the outer range of the Piping Plover. Population numbers of this endangered shorebird can swing from as many as 300 to as few as a dozen. Alberta represents the outer range of the Piping Plover. Population numbers of this endangered shorebird can swing from as many as 300 to as few as a dozen. Let's Go Outdoors

Listed as an endangered species, the Piping Plover is getting some help from the Alberta Conservation Association. Several years ago, the ACA created an artificial nesting site for this diminutive shorebird. A gravel sub straight is the preferred nesting material for the Plover, which can be found near small shallow water bodies. A combination of fluctuating water level, preditors and human interaction is affecting the bird as population numbers in Alberta fluctuate. I spent a day with a couple of ACA biologists looking for Piping Plover nesting sites at the Junction Lake site.

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