Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

WHSRN Press Room

September 2011

On the Radio: Charles Duncan and Larry Niles featured on NPR's "Living on Earth" program
Scientists persevere to protect one of the planet's greatest migrants, the Red Knot, from disappearing. Mitra Taj reports on the effort from Reeds Beach in southern New Jersey.
Listen or read the transcript.

Scientists report that a 2nd satellite-tracked Whimbrel was shot in the Caribbean
Press release about "Goshen" from The Center for Conservation Biology, College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University

Whimbrel Migrates through Tropical Storm, Shot in Caribbean
Press release about "Machi" from The Center for Conservation Biology, College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University

June 2011 

Economic value of Delaware Bay's watershed: $10 billion!
Sandy Bauers, Philadelphia Inquirer: Delaware Estuary: $10 billion and counting...
University of Delaware report: Economic Value of the Delaware Estuary Watershed. 

Scientists urge Maryland to enact a moratorium on horseshoe crab harvesting.
Candy Thomson, Baltimore Sun: Red Knot population continues to dwindle.

May 2011

Red Knot Status Assessment Report Released (183 KB, PDF)
The recently released update in the status of rufa Red Knots (Calidris canutus), authored by experts from three nations, reports a sharp decline in the number of knots wintering in Tierra del Fuego, and also finds that there has been no evidence of recovery of horseshoe crabs. Click on the above title to read/download the 14-page report.


Delaware Bay WHSRN Site 25th Anniversary Event a Major Success!
On May 9, 2011, partners from throughout the hemisphere gathered in Bivalve, Port Norris, NJ, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Delaware Bay's designation as a WHSRN Site of Hemispheric Importance. This celebration highlighted the site's importance for migrating shorebirds, especially the imperiled rufa subspecies of Red Knot (Calidris canutus). Delaware Bay was also WHSRN's inaugural site, therefore the event was an opportunity to also honor the visionaries and pioneers of this hemisphere-wide shorebird conservation network. Many thanks to everyone who made this event an enormous success!

Highlights from the Delaware Bay 25th Anniversary event:

Special letter from Charles Duncan, Executive Director, WHSRN Executive Office

The News of Cumberland County:
Delaware Bay Celebrated as a Site of Hemispheric Importance in Bivalve with Keynote Speaker Henry Paulson

The Press of Atlantic City:
Scientists using cannon-propelled nets to collect and study New Jersey shorebirds

Cumberland County News:
Delaware Bay Site of Hemispheric Importance 25-year anniversary event to be held in Bivalve

Press Release:
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences' announcement about Delaware Bay event (330 KB, PDF)

November 2010

Manomet Receives Funding for Shorebird Conservation Efforts in Chile on behalf of Coalition of Partners
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences to implement strategies and actions for the conservation of shorebirds and their habitats on Chiloé Island, Chile. The island is the most important site in the Western Hemisphere for two high-priority species: Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) and Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus). Manomet is the lead organization in a coalition of international institutions and local partners dedicated to conserving the resources at this important site for shorebirds. The initiative will be managed through Manomet's Shorebird Recovery Project.

October 2010

Short video on American Oystercatchers in the U.S. Gulf, with Manomet's Shiloh Schulte.
The American Oystercatcher is one of over 30 species of migratory shorebirds that depend directly on the Gulf of Mexico's rich diversity of food and coastal habitats. Many of these birds are migrating to the Gulf coast now, only to be greeted with an oiled landscape. What does this mean for oystercatchers, and what is being done? Catch up with Manomet’s Shiloh Schulte, coordinator of the American Oystercatcher Recovery Campaign, on a break from banding oystercatchers on the beach in Marion, Massachusetts.

September 2010

Shorebird Researchers Document Red Knot's Record-breaking Flight (760 KB, PDF)
This spring, shorebird researchers analyzed the year-long data recorded by the sunrise- and sunset-sensitive geolocators that they had attached to migratory Red Knots (Calidris canutus) in New Jersey in May 2009. They found that one of the birds flew nearly 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) for six days, a record-breaking distance for a non-stop flight by a Red Knot. This shorebird also covered one of the longest recorded distances in a year of any bird species: 16,600 miles (26,700 kilometers) in total!

Manomet Chosen to Lead $3M Shorebird Survey Effort along U.S. Gulf Coast
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences was selected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lead the development and implementation of coordinated shorebird surveys along the U.S. Gulf Coast on behalf of the federal Natural Resources Damage Assessment. This large-scale effort will be carried out by Manomet’s Shorebird Recovery Project scientists and a myriad of federal, state, and local partners. The data they collect will provide the vital information needed to assess the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster’s impact on migrating shorebirds. The more than $3 million, seven-month project is one of the largest wildlife damage assessments ever conducted for shorebirds.

July 2010

Manomet Receives Funding to Improve International Shorebird Monitoring and Conservation
The U.S. Department of Interior’s South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative awarded a $198,000 grant to Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and Cornell Lab of Ornithology for shorebird monitoring, management, and conservation. Funding from the grant will support a two-year project to increase the capacity of the International Shorebird Surveys (ISS) and the Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (PRISM).

June 2010

Gulf Coast Shorebirds (141 KB, Excel spreadsheet)
Manomet's Shorebird Recovery Team developed a comprehensive spreadsheet that lists all the shorebird species that rely on U.S. Gulf Coast habitats (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida), their season of use, including arrivals times during spring and fall migrations, states in which they occur, which habitat types they prefer, what foraging method they use, and what category of food they eat. This spreadsheet was developed as a conservation tool for our partners in the Gulf to help inform and expedite conservation planning for shorebirds in advance of their arrival this fall and winter.  

Manomet and Partners Receive Funding for rufa Red Knot Conservation Efforts 
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently approved a $314,713 grant to the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences to support the long‐term conservation, restoration, and protection of rufa Red Knot populations throughout the Western Hemisphere.

May 2010

Scientists Work to Protect Shorebirds from Gulf Coast Oil Spill
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences’ Shorebird Recovery Project team has been working with partners in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the past several weeks to protect important shorebird areas from the Deepwater Horizon off-shore oil spill. The oil, spewing for a month now, is a serious threat to high-priority migratory shorebird species currently nesting and raising chicks around the Gulf Coast. Of greatest conservation concern are the beach-nesting American Oystercatcher, Wilson’s Plover, and Snowy Plover.

February 2010

Partners at two of the newest WHSRN Sites of Regional Importance distributed press releases locally and nationally about their recent designations. Both are available here (PDFs, in Spanish):
Peru: Los Manglares de San Pedro de Vice
Chile: Humedal del Río Lluta

January 2010

Alert: International Cooperation for Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) Conservation in Chile's Bahía Lomas, a WHSRN Site of Hemispheric Importance. (In Spanish)

Summary: Chile's national petroleum company, ENAP (by its Spanish acronym), in partnership with Environment Canada and Manomet's Shorebird Recovery Project and WHSRN Executive Office, helped to facilitate aerial monitoring of the imperiled rufa subspecies of Red Knot (Calidris canutus) by Canadian and Chilean shorebird scientists.

For more information, contact Diego Luna Quevedo (diego.luna@manomet.org), Southern Cone Coordinator, Shorebird Recovery Project, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.


December 2009
Update: Shorebirds Have a Haven from Hunting in Barbados! 
     Read more about BirdLife International's conservation success...


21 August 2009
Rio Luta Delta, in northern Chile, to be nominated as a WHSRN site

During a meeting in August 2009 of the Operative-Technical Board for the Wetlands of the Rio Luta Delta, the group representing a dozen public and private organizations agreed unanimously to nominate the area as a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) site. This would become the second WHSRN site in Chile; Bahia Lomas in Tierra del Fuego was the first, designated in February 2009.

The Rio Luta Delta is the principle coastal site in northern Chile that serves as a refuge to a diversity of shorebird species. These species, such as Sandering and Whimbrel, rely on the delta as a place to rest and feed during their long migrations along the Pacific Coast. The Municipality of Arica has recognized this area as a municipal nature reserve and approved an ordinance for its protection and conservation. The National Environmental Commission of Chile (CONAMA) has recently declared the area a Nature Sanctuary as well.

With the Board’s support, the Municipality of Arica and the Technological University of Chile (INACAP) will work together and with local experts to prepare the site’s nomination as a WHSRN site in the near future.

Press releases (in Spanish):

Joint announcement by Municipality of Arica and WHSRN
La Estrella de Arica news
El Morrocotudo news


March 2009

Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin Designated as WHSRN Landscape of Hemispheric Importance


Ruddy Turnstone
Photo Credit: Tom Vezo