Piping Plovers returned to southern Ontario in 2007 after a 30-year absence. Each year since, their numbers have gradually increased - from one nest in 2007 to 15 nests in 2017. However, they still face many threats, including habitat loss due to development, disturbances from recreational beach users and off-leash dogs, and natural predators.
In 2018, Bird Studies Canada began working alongside several partners to coordinate conservation efforts across Ontario. With support from those partners and dedicated volunteers, we are confident that the plover population will continue to increase.
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