The Washington Gap Analysis Project created breeding bird maps only. The non-breeding birds (e.g., wintering, pelagic (coastal), and birds expanding their ranges) are represented only by NatureMapping sightings.
NatureMapping observations reported by townships throughout the year.
The Black-bellied Plover winters on sandy beaches and in fields and marshes along the entire west coast of the United states. Their nesting grounds are along the coast of Northern Alaska and the Arctic Islands. Common Washington migrant; casual spring, uncommon fall migrant in eastern Wshington. Winter resident in or near maritime habitats.Text edited by Gussie Litwer