Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Species Data - Piping Plover Foraging Area
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Biologists, District Wildlife Managers, and Researchers.
PipingPloverForagingArea is an ESRI SDE Feature Class showing an area generally associated with a nesting area and which provides a source of food for Piping Plovers. Appropriate habitat includes shallow water areas along exposed beach substrates associated with lakes, ponds, and beaches, and dry, barren sandbars along backwater river areas which provide abundant macroinvertebrate and insect populations. These areas fluctuate with changing water levels on large irrigation reservoirs. This information was derived from field personnel. A variety of data capture techniques were used including drawing on mylar overlays at 1:50,000 scale USGS county mapsheets and implementation of the SmartBoard Interactive Whiteboard using stand-up, real-time digitizing at various scales (Cowardin, M., M. Flenner. March 2003. Maximizing Mapping Resources. GeoWorld 16(3):32-35).