American Oystercatcher and chick. Kat Vitulano

International Agreement for Shorebird Conservation

The Directors of The Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage of the French Republic (ONCFS) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States of America (USFWS), have signed an agreement to share information sharing and collaborate to promote sustainable populations of shorebirds in …

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AFSI Working Groups

AFSI depends on the hard work and engagement of many folks working in the shorebird community. All of the working groups are looking for broader engagement so if one or two spark your interest, be in touch with the working group lead. Check out what we are up to! Habitat Working Group Co-leads: Walker Golder, wgolder@audubon.org and Sarah Schweitser, sara.schweitzer@ncwildlife.org …

American Oystercatcher and chick. Kat Vitulano

AMOY Working Group Receives Conservation Leadership Award

American Oystercatcher Working Group Receives Conservation Leadership Award from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Northeast Region, Division of Migratory Birds Scott Johnston with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Birds, Northeast Region, presented the American Oystercatcher Working Group with the Conservation Leadership Award at the North American Ornithological Conference, August, 2016. The group was honored for their …

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Flyway Engagement

The AFSI Business Plan was initially developed from a primarily North American perspective (albeit it with input from South America and the Caribbean).  Since June 2015, the AFSI Executive Committee has been convening a series of meetings with key stakeholders in the Canada, Caribbean, and South America to build a broad hemispheric partnership of partners actively engaged in the development …

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Shorebird Recovery: Flight Connections With Brazil

Arctic-nesting shorebirds spend the majority of each year in U.S. southern states, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. For the dedicated people and organizations committed to recovering depleted shorebird populations, understanding and addressing the threats shorebirds encounter throughout migration is critical. Many shorebird populations have been declining, or are perilously low already, including Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Red Knot, Whimbrel, and …

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2016 International Plover Census in the Turks & Caicos

Two USFWS Migratory Birds Division staff members, Craig Watson and Caleb Spiegel joined International Plover Census Coordinator, Elise Elliott-Smith (USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center) to complete the first ever comprehensive plover and shorebird census in the Turks and Caicos. The census (January 27 – February 4, 2016) covered over 14 islands and islets determined to be promising shorebird …