Plover Appreciation Day!!

It’s Plover Appreciation Day which is aimed at raising awareness of the plight of ground-nesting plovers around the world. Many plover species are highly threatened, largely due to their habitats being some of the most popular for human recreation, e.g. the beach, shores of lakes and wetlands, or even open grasslands.

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Habitat loss coupled together with their highly camouflaged nests and cryptic behaviours, mean that humans can have major impacts on the survival of eggs and chicks, without even knowing it! The key to coexistence between people and plovers is awareness, understanding and sharing space with them. Help save these amazing, lovable birds by participating in Plover Appreciation Day! Post your best Plover images with a few facts of them 🙂

Taken: 04/09/2015 Location: Ogle, Guyana Camera: Nikon D5100 Lens: Nikkor 300 mm MF Aperture: ƒ/4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/500 ISO: 160

Taken: 04/09/2015
Location: Ogle, Guyana
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikkor 300 mm MF
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/500
ISO: 160

The Semipalmated Plover is a small species of shorebird found in parts of North and South America.

  1. They breed across much of Canada and Alaska, and winter along coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and South America.
  2. It closely resembles the Ringed Plover found in Eurasia.
  3. Semipalmated Plovers have webbing between their front toes.
  4. Chicks and adults have been observed swimming small distances to reach new feeding areas.
  5. These little birds feed on invertebrates from both freshwater and saltwater sources.
  6. The conservation status of the Semipalmated Plover is Least Concern as of July 2014, and their population trend is stable.

You can also help the Plovers by donating to Birdlife here.

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