Nova Scotia's Species at Risk: Municipal & Community Stewardship

Species at Risk in Nova Scotia

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodius)

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Quick Facts:
  • Only 40 breeding pairs in NS
  • Found at only 17 beaches  
  • Many threats including:
    • Natural deterioration of habitat
    • Human alteration of habitat
    • Human disturbance during nesting
    • Predation by birds and mammals on eggs and young

Status Overview:
In Nova Scotia only about forty breeding pairs of Piping Plovers remain. These birds are dispersed around the province on seventeen sand beaches. Despite concerted conservation efforts here and elsewhere in North America, the numbers of this species remain low. The main reasons for this include: deterioration of marginal nesting habitat due to natural events (storms, vegetation succession), human alteration of beach habitat, human disturbance during nesting and predation by birds and mammals on eggs and young.

Geographic Distribution:
The map shows the municipalities where this species can be found.  For more specific location information please contact us.

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