The Migratory Shorebird Project is the largest coordinated survey ever of wintering shorebirds on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. It was initiated in 2011 and is a cooperative effort of conservation science organizations and agencies from many countries, led by Point Blue Conservation Science. Our overall goal is to conserve shorebirds and wetlands from Alaska to Chile by connecting communities, standardizing data, and applying science across the Americas.

Goals of the Project

1. Find out where shorebirds go in the non-breeding season (fall and winter), how many there are and how that changes through time.

2.Evaluate which factors (e.g. development, contaminants, climate change) are influencing shorebird populations the most.

3. Make science-based recommendations and take action to conserve and protect shorebirds and wetlands at the flyway to the site level, based on the information collected, compiled and analyzed from our shorebird population monitoring and research.

Some of our Research Questions

What habitat characteristics influence use of coastal landscapes by shorebirds?

How does human disturbance affect use of coastal wetlands by shorebirds?

Given sea-level rise and other environmental changes can we prioritize coastal landscape conservation and management actions today to benefits shorebirds and people today and for generations to come?


Migratory Shorebird Project Strategy 2022-2032

During 2022, as part of our 10 years of network celebration, we set out to discuss with partners the vision, goals and objectives, and actions of the Migratory Shorebird Project. It’s still under review and adjustment, but you can review and download it HERE and send your comments to Matt Reiter.