Additional Summer News

BirdsCaribbean 22nd International Conference in Guadaloupe

Magnificent Frigate Bird

Plunging pelicans, soaring terns and majestic frigatebirds put on a dazzling show outside the dining terrace, as we ate delicious creole cuisine. Impromptu discussions sprang up over coffee and drinks. Bright T-shirts, bird paintings and merchandise were on sale; members’ posters sparked intense learning sessions; and brilliant keynote speakers kept us on the edge of our seats. Find out what happened when 250 members from 34 countries gathered in Guadeloupe in July!

Guidance and Best Practices for Coordinated Predation Management to Benefit Temperate Breeding Shorebirds in the Atlantic Flyway

American Oystercatcher and chick. Kat Vitulano

A newly revised final version of the Guidance and Best Practices for Coordinated Predation Management to Benefit Temperate Breeding Shorebirds in the Atlantic Flyway is now available on the AFSI website.

The document provides a synthesis of available guidance, tools, and resources needed to plan and implement predation management, set management goals, and evaluate success for AFSI priority beneficiary species.

The Guidance and Best Practices was developed by the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program, the Nature Conservancy, USDA Wildlife Services, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the input of dozens of biologists and managers in the flyway. Funding was provided primarily by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Helping Restore the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian

Banded Piping Plover in the Caribbean. Photo by Matt Jeffery

The northern Bahama Islands have been utterly devastated by Hurricane Dorian. This Category 5 storm battered the Abacos and Grand Bahama for more than two days with 185 to 220 mph winds and a storm surge in excess of 23 feet. The damage to communities, lives, and habitats is unprecedented and heartbreaking. 

I am asking for your assistance to help birds and nature recover. Our long-time partner, the Bahamas National Trust, needs all the help we can give them to help birds survive, and clean up and restore vital habitats. They need funds to carry out bird surveys, provide supplemental feeding, repair and replace damaged equipment and infrastructure, and restore their national parks on these islands.  Read more and consider donating to restoration efforts.

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Grants: Proposal Deadline

Antillean Crested Hummingbird. Christoph Moning, McCauley Library

The United States Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act established an annual, competitive grants program to support projects that promote the conservation of neotropical migratory birds and their habitats in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Proposals are due no later than 5 November 2019. All applications must be submitted through, a process that requires an active “Dun and Bradstreet number” (DUNS) and active registration in the “System for Award Management” (SAM). Start preparing soon if you have never applied through, and start now if you do not have a DUNS and SAM registration! Application instructions are at and the link is here:

[ESPAÑOL:] Propuestas deben recibirse antes del 5 de noviembre del 2019 para subsidios para la conservación de aves migratorias del ciclo 2020

La Ley Norteamericana para la Conservación de las Aves Migratorias Neotropicales estableció un programa competitivo anual de subsidios para apoyar proyectos de conservación de aves migratorias neotropicales y sus hábitats en los Estados Unidos, Canadá, Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Las propuestas deben ser recibidas en a más tardar el 5 de noviembre del 2019. Todas las propuestas deben ser presentadas por medio de, un procedimiento que requiere bastante tiempo, un número activo de “Dun and Bradstreet” (DUNS) y un registro activo en el “System for Award Management” (SAM). ¡Prepárese ya si nunca aplicó por y empiece ahora si todavía no tiene un registro en DUNS y SAM! Las instrucciones para aplicar están disponibles en y el enlace directo a es este:

[PORTUGUÊS:] As propostas devem ser recebidas antes do 5 de novembro de 2019 para financiamento de projetos de conservação de aves migratórias do ciclo 2020A Lei de Conservação de Aves Migratórias Neotropicais estabeleceu um programa anual competitivo de apoio financeiro para projetos de conservação de aves migratórias neotropicais e seus habitats nos EUA, Canadá, América Latina e Caribe. As propostas devem ser recebidas em até o 5 de novembro de 2019. Todas as propostas devem ser apresentadas utilizando, um procedimento que requer algum tempo, um número ativo de “Dun and Bradstreet” (DUNS) e um registro ativo no “System for Award Management” (SAM). Prepare-se agora se nunca utilizou e comece imediatamente se você não tiver um registro em DUNS e SAM! Instruções estão disponíveis em e a liga direta ao em: