Connecting Communities Across the Americas

The migration of shorebirds across the globe is one of nature's greatest events and a reminder of our shared responsibility.

What's New?

Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network director, Dr. Rob Clay, proudly wearing his PRBO oystercatcher hat while being interviewed for Ecuadorian TV.Partnership-building in Ecuador and Peru In April 2018, Point Blue's Matt Reiter traveled to Ecuador and Northern Peru with colleagues Diana Eusse (Asociación CALIDRIS), Rob Clay (Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Executive Office), and Jim Chu (US Forest Service International Programs) to visit MSP partners. They worked together to enhance participation in MSP and to develop an understanding of how to apply MSP data to inform conservation and management. The team met with government officials and coastal wetland managers to identify opportunities to use project data to inform management of wetland habitats for today and the future. They also helped develop and promote local constituencies around important sites that can help sustain essential applied research, monitoring, and conservation. Read Matt’s trip log and see photos of the people and places the team visited here! 

MSP data highlights increases in shorebirds in the Upper Bay of Panama. MSP partners at Panama Audubon recently published a paper in Wader Study that used Migratory Shorebird Project data together with historic surveys to show an increase in the number of shorebirds in this already hemispherically important site.  Learn more by accessing the paper here!

Migratory Shorebird Project 2017-2018 Annual Progress Report now available! Here's some highlights:

  • Completed seventh year of surveys at some sites (November 2016 – February 2017) in North America, fourth year in Central America and the fifth year in South America. 
  • Continued to establish coordination between Migratory Shorebird Project (MSP) and Central American Waterbird Census (CAWC) by mapping MSP and CAWC survey sites and by testing joint surveys in southwest Mexico. 
  • Implemented and recorded two online training webinars in Spanish. The first webinar reviewed study design and protocol while the second covered data entry and management in the California Avian Data Center. Recordings will be terrific resources for training Spanish speaking partners. 
  • Organized two international symposia to highlight MSP and the progress made on applied conservation and with connecting with other multi-national waterbird monitoring programs during the first 5 years of MSP. One symposium was in conjunction with the joint Meso-American Society for Conservation Biology / Partners-in-Flight Meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica in November 2017 – “Multi-National Monitoring Programs for Waterbirds in Central America – Building a regional baseline for conservation action”.  A second symposium occurred at the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group meeting in Peru in November 2017 and included oral presentations from 8 MSP partners and graduate students.  Symposium title: “The Migratory Shorebird Project: Connecting Communities of the Americas through Climate-Smart Conservation Science”. 


Become Part of the Migratory Shorebird Project

Join this ambitious 10-year, multi-partner research project to help guide shorebird conservation. You will be part of the team protecting shorebirds and wetlands from Alaska to Peru through research for conservation.
We need your help, as a scientist, a volunteer scientist, an educator, or funder.


How to Get Involved

  • Add your organization to the list of partners.
  • Join forces with a local partner.
  • Volunteer to study shorebirds, attend a training.
  • Share information, sightings, research findings.
  • Educate people about wetland conservation.

The Migration Phenomenon

Each year, millions of shorebirds migrate in waves from their wintering grounds along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts to their nesting grounds in Alaska and Northern Canada, stopping at just a few rich feeding spots along the way. (Willets and Marbled Godwits pictured above)


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