There’s no easy answer. People are already going through great lengths to protect these itty-bittys during the nesting season, closing large portions of highly desirable beach for months to give the chicks a shot at survival. But once they start to migrate, those areas become human infested death traps. Closing those areas, like Barnegat Light & Holgate, for all but the few winter months the Plover are whooping it up in the Bahamas is obviously not going to fly (please note the intentional pun).
For now, the best we can do is try not to kill any Piping Plovers when we’re at the beach, and support the good work of the great people at the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. They’re working on the glitches with the Piping Plover/Humanz thing and are our best shot at finding reasonable things to keep some balance.