photo: Shiloh Shulte

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Although one of the smallest, the Arctic-breeding Semipalmated Sandpiper is one of the most abundant shorebirds in the Flyway. “Semis” use saltmarshes, tidal flats, and managed wetlands during their migration and aggregate in large numbers on the tidal wetlands of northern South America during their nonbreeding period. This “peep” is threatened by habitat loss throughout the Flyway, changes in food resources, and harvest pressure.

AFSI partners are working throughout the Flyway to understand direct and indirect consequences of climate change, how food resources influence survival, and enforcing harvest regulations.

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