The piping plover, found in parts of the Midwest and New England, finds food such as crustaceans and bugs by extending one of its feet into moist sand and rapidly moving the foot back and forth.
American golden plover
The American golden plover migrates all the way from the Arctic tundra where it breeds to spend the winter in warmer South America, a journey of some 20,000 miles round-trip.
The snowy plover's young leave the nest as quickly as three hours after hatching to look for food and water but do return to the parents for safety.
The mountain plover lives in the grasslands of the western states and eats insects. It will follow cattle and sheep and grab the bugs that these larger animals scare up from the ground.
Lesser sand plover
The lesser sand plover is a coastal plover that, like most plovers, uses a technique known as run-and pause, moving quickly over the sand before stopping to forage.