In 1980, we searched for Snowy Plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus) in an area of 130,000 km 2 in southeastern Oregon and western Nevada. We found 2016 adult Snowy Plovers at 23 sites. Plovers were consistently associated with water and occurred on bare or sparsely vegetated alkaline substrates. We found 72 nests; nesting was documented at all but 3 sites. One hundred and fifty-four broods were found and brood size averaged 2.4 in younger broods, 1.6 in older broods. In the 1980s, rising water levels in the northern Great Basin eliminated much Snowy Plover nesting habitat.
Herman, S.G., J.B. Bulger and J.B. Buchanan. 1980. The Snowy Plover in southeastern Oregon and western Nevada. Final Report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 14 + vi pp.