The Piping Plover is a state and federally threatened shorebird, with about 10,000 adults remaining, worldwide. Massachusetts has an important role to play in Piping Plover conservation, accounting for approximately 40% of the Piping Plovers breeding on the Atlantic Coast. The speaker will review 30 years of progress in Piping Plover conservation and research, challenges associated with habitat management on recreational beaches, and recent changes to the regulatory approach associated with development of a statewide Habitat Conservation Plan.
Chief of Conservation Science
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Westborough, MA