Wintering Red Knot. Brad Winn

Making Space for Red Knots: Community Engagement in Argentina

From Canada to Tierra del Fuego, shorebirds use the beaches of the Atlantic coast for nesting, feeding, and resting. Unfortunately many of these beaches are also popular with human communities. Disturbance to shorebirds is one of the main threats identified in the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative (AFSI) Business Plan. Unfortunately, behavior change cannot always be achieved just by increasing the …

Wintering Red Knot. Brad Winn

Aprendiendo a compartir las playas con el Playero Rojizo: involucramiento comunitario en Argentina

Desde Canadá hasta Tierra del Fuego, las aves playeras utilizan playas de la costa atlántica para anidar, alimentarse y descansar. Desafortunadamente, muchas de esas playas también son muy populares entre nuestras comunidades. La perturbación a las aves playeras es una de las amenazas identificadas en el Plan de Negocios de la Iniciativa de Aves Playeras del Corredor del Atlántico (AFSI …

Be An Oystercatcher!

Right Now We All Need To Be Oystercatchers By Susan Heath, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory These are tough times folks. I hope this finds you and your family well and safe at home. For those who must go out to work an essential job – thank you! I’ve been reflecting on how the birds are doing their thing without any …

The First Workshop for the Argentine Shorebird Conservation Plan

With more than 40 representatives present from national and provincial agencies, conservation organizations, and research institutes, on July 2nd and 3rd the first national workshop to develop the Argentine Shorebird Conservation Plan took place at the Aves Argentinas headquarters in Buenos Aires. Organized by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, Aves Argentinas, Fundación Humedales/Wetlands International, and with the support of …

Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Harvest Workshop

Article by: Benoit Laliberté and Cynthia Pekarik, Canadian Wildlife Service and Brad Andres, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service On July 22-23 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), the Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage (ONCFS) and the NGO BirdsCaribbean organized a workshop on the sustainable management of shorebird hunting …

Brazilian Shorebird Conservation Plan Meeting

Brazilian Shorebird Conservation Plan Meeting 02-05 April 2019, Florianópolis, Brazil During the first week of April, Brazil developed the second cycle of its National shorebird conservation plan: Plano de Ação Nacional para Conservação de Aves Limícolas Migratórias. Thirty specialists from federal and state agencies, protected areas, academia and NGOs, represented 12 states (70% of the Brazilian Atlantic coast) and all …

Creating National Shorebird Conservation Plan in Argentina

Participatory Process Begins to Create National Shorebird Conservation Plan in Argentina In March 2016, in the tourist town of Las Grutas, Argentina, key actors and conservation stakeholders came together from across the country for a workshop called “Argentina’s Importance to Migratory Shorebirds on the Atlantic Flyway.” The workshop addressed national opportunities and challenges in terms of projects, participation and coordination …

Atlantic Flyway Disturbance Project: Biological Data Interim Report

Human disturbance is a significant threat facing shorebirds throughout the annual cycle, and threats to shorebird habitats may be exacerbated by increased human use (e.g., beach recreationists, off-leash dogs), reducing the amount of coastal habitat that is functionally available to shorebirds. To assess the effects of human disturbance on five focal species (American Oystercatchers [Haematopus palliates], Piping Plovers [Charadrius melodus], …

When “Our” Birds Are Someone Else’s Too

Darien Connecticut & Banded Bird Red F3 By Beth Amendola The Fish Islands off the coast of Darien, CT are the summer home to a very remarkable individual; an American Oystercatcher. Not only is this bird very striking with a penguin like black and white feather pattern and brilliant long red bill but it also has two red leg bands …

Research on the Media Portrayal of Piping Plovers

Research on the Media Portrayal of Piping Plovers Now Available A new social science research paper on the media portrayal of piping plovers and their conservation on the Atlantic Coast of the US is now available from the journal “Oryx”.  The study “Threatened Species Being Blamed: Media Portrayal of Human Wildlife Conflict” by researchers from Virginia Tech, Cornell Lab of …