Habitat: Wide, sandy beaches along the northern Great Lakes.
- Once common along the Great Lakes shoreline, this small shorebird is now a threatened species in Michigan.
- Remaining pairs nest on open, sandy beaches along the northern Great Lakes.
- Piping plovers are gray and white with a black neckband. They blend in easily with their surroundings. Piping plovers winter on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts.
Learn more about Piping plovers in Michigan. See: MDNR website