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Data Series 922

Report prepared jointly by the U.S. Geological Survey and Environment Canada.
Cooperating agencies: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Data from the 2011 International Piping Plover Census

By Elise Elliott-Smith, Mark Bidwell, Amanda E. Holland, and Susan M. Haig


This report provides results from the 2011 International Census of Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus). Distribution and abundance data for wintering and breeding Piping Plovers are summarized in tabular format. An appendix provides census data for every site surveyed in every state, province, and island. The 2011 winter census resulted in the observation of 3,973 Piping Plovers. Expanded coverage outside of the United States led to the discovery of more than 1,000 Piping Plovers wintering in the Bahamas. The breeding census detected 2,771 birds in Atlantic Canada and the Plains, Prairies, and Great Lakes regions of the United States and Canada. Combining the census count with the U.S. Atlantic “window census” provides a total minimum estimate of 5,723 breeding birds for the species.

First posted June 18, 2015

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Suggested citation:

Elliott-Smith, E., Bidwell, M., Holland, A.E., and Haig, S.M., 2015, Data from the 2011 International Piping Plover Census: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 922, 296 p.,

ISSN 2327-638X (online)








References Cited

Appendix 1. State/Provincial Summaries

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