Green, Yellow, Red, Orange Banded Piping Plover: That’s Tufters!

Tufters: A Piping Plover with green, yellow, orange, and red ring bands on his legs.
Tufters: A Piping Plover with green, yellow, orange, and red ring bands on his legs.

Did you happen to see a Piping Plover with Green/Yellow bands on one leg, and Red/Orange bands on the others? If so, you did not see just any Piping Plover… you saw Tufters. Tufters is a celebrity and perhaps the most important Piping Plover on the Planet. He is a God among Plover. Lady Plover want to be with him and Boy Plover want to be him. And his green, yellow, red, and orange leg bands mark him as an Ambassador for his species.

While most Piping Plover hide themselves away in protected wilderness areas, Tufters prefers to live among us and raises his family each year in the middle of a busy State Park in New Jersey. He is the archetype for animals and people sharing the beach together. And this year, Tufters was banded by scientists with four colored ring bands: green, yellow, red, and orange. For the first time ever, there is a chance someone might see and identify him after he has left New Jersey.

Have you seen Tufters? Did you happen to see a Piping Plover somewhere with green, yellow, red, and orange ring bands? Please let me know!