|A a highly focused partnership has been working for several years to restore American Oystercatcher populations. Credit: USFWS|
While it shows bird populations declining across several key habitats, the 2014 State of the Birds report finds much success in areas where a strong conservation investment has been made. One of those areas is the Atlantic Flyway, from the Canadian Arctic to the eastern shores of South America. The Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Conservation Business Strategy works to implement conservation for shorebirds across the entire flyway.
The following story appears in an upcoming issue of Fish & Wildlife News:
Each year, shorebirds undertake some of the longest migrations of any animals on earth, utilizing habitats across a vast area along the way. Within the Atlantic Flyway, many shorebird species breed on the tundra in the Canadian Arctic during summer, then fly south in the fall to winter along the eastern shores of South America. During this international flight, they stop at such critical sites as Delaware Bay and the Caribbean Islands to rest and refuel. Unfortunately, many of these shorebird populations are in trouble.
Atlantic Flyway shorebirds face a variety of human-induced threats at different parts of their journeys, including hunting in the Caribbean, predators that are attracted to the garbage and food found in populated areas, and of course, habitat loss and change throughout the flyway, including the United States.