In 1986, the piping plover, a shorebird seen mostly along the Atlantic Coast and the Great Plains, was listed as threatened by the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Their numbers worldwide today are an estimated 6,000, which is why each year, during nesting season, beaches and other park areas close down to keep people from disturbing them.
As people continue to build closer to the shore, these birds face another potential threat: coastal erosion.
In this week’s Enlighten Me - Delaware Public Media’s science reporter Eli Chen examines what future might hold for piping plovers in our latest installment of iSeeChange, a project investigating the changes we see in our local environments.