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 …

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 …

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 …