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Plovers are found throughout North America. There are at least seven species of plovers found on the continent. The American Golden-Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Pacific Golden-Plover, Piping Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Snowy Plover and the Wilson's Plover are native to the continent. The European Golden Plover is sometimes seen on the northeastern coasts along the Atlantic Ocean.
Once considered a game bird, the plovers were under threat from hunting. Today, the plovers are facing another kind of threat, which is the loss of their habitat. Development of wetlands and the ever-expanding use of sand beaches for recreational use is affecting their feeding and nesting grounds.