Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World

Feature:
Irreplaceable Wildlife in A Warming World
Graphic of irreplacable species, emperor penguin.
We are connected to each other, to our environment. From faraway places to our own backyard. But climate change is now changing the Earth as we know it, and animals and plants from the Arctic to the Everglades are feeling the consequences.
Key Resources:

Piping Plover

With a series of characteristic peeps, the piping plover lays two to four eggs at a time, tucking them in sandy beaches and gravel along the Atlantic coast, the shores of the Great Lakes, and parts of the Midwest and Canada.
Photo Credit:
Joel Satore / ILCP (Part of Irreplaceable Wildlife Photo Exhibit)
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Piping Plover

Scientific Name: 
Charadrius melodus
IUCN Red List: 
Near Threatened
Endangered Species Act List: 
Endangered (Great Lakes), Threatened (Northeast)

With a series of characteristic peeps, the piping plover lays two to four eggs at a time, tucking them in sandy beaches and gravel along the Atlantic coast, the shores of the Great Lakes, and parts of the Midwest and Canada. Piping plovers are dutiful parents, protecting their young from the elements by keeping the chicks under their bodies for warmth. When adults sense the presence of a predator, they will feign a “broken wing display” to draw the predator’s attention away from their chicks.

Climate Change Impacts

Piping plovers are globally threatened and are not a common sight even within its range. Current estimates put the total population of these birds at under 6,500 individuals. Flooding is already a major cause of nest failure in piping plovers, and rising sea levels threaten to overwhelm their fragile nests even further. The piping plover’s plight is shared by many other nesting shorebirds, such as gulls, terns, and skimmers.

Irreplaceable in Your Neighborhood

The Earthjustice traveling photo exhibit, Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World, is available to bring education, scholarship and research to your community. For more information on booking the exhibit, including fees, exhibit specifications, requirements and descriptions, please contact Nadine de Coteau at 1-800-584-6460.