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?

Central & South American Workshops! In Novemer 2017 many Migraotry Shorebird Project partners attended the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting in Paracas, Peru, where a symposium on the Migratory Shorebird Project included eight presentations on project science!

In October 2017, Matt Reiter hosted a symposium in San Jose, Costa Rica, on multi-national monitoring programs for waterbirds in Central America (see photo at right) at the 21st Congress of the Mesoamerican Society of Biology and Conservation and 6th International Meeting of Partners in Flight. 

Survey Season Happenning! The 2017-18 survey season is in progress and biologists and volunteers are in the field making shorebirds count. Stay tuned for our report of results in 2018.

Migratory Shorebird Project 2016-2017 Annual Progress Report now available! Here's some highlights:

  • Completed sixth year of surveys at some sites (November 2016 – February 2017) in North America and fifth in South America. 
  • Worked to establish coordination between Migratory Shorebird Project and Central American Waterbird Census. 
  • Reestablished surveys in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. 
  • Held the first Migratory Shorebird Project Science Summit at the Point Blue headquarters in Petaluma, California, which invigorated Project science and set path forward for next 5 years. 
  • Added surveys from Chile into the Project and developed framework to support data integration in the California Avian Data Center.
  • Migratory Shorebird Project highlighted as integral to providing data to track the success of the Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Strategy.


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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