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Piping Plover

Status

Piping Plover The Piping Plover was considered to be a vulnerable species in Alberta in 1985, because the known breeding population at that time was restricted to less than 10 water bodies. In 1987, the Piping Plover was classified as an endangered species under the Alberta Wildlife Act. In 1991, a draft management plan for this species in Alberta was prepared with a suggested target of 300 adults per year over a five-year period. In the same year, the species was included on the Red List in Alberta, as a species in danger of declining to nonviable population size in the province. The Red List status was maintained in the 1996 review of the status of Alberta wildlife. In both the 1991 and 1996 reviews, the Red List designation was based on declining continental populations, the small size of local breeding populations, and the need for protection and management of key nesting habitats in Alberta.

Reprinted from Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 1 (1997), with permission from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

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