Shorebird Sister Schools Program
Conserving the Nature of America
Shorebird Migration Research

Track shorebirds as they migrate thousands of miles from their boreal breeding grounds to their wintering sites and back.

A few individuals have been fitted with either radio or satellite telemetry tags allowing us to follow their progress over time.One species, the bar-tailed godwit, takes the longest non-stop flight of any migrant traveling up to 11,000 km (nearly 7,000 miles) from wintering grounds in New Zealand to breeding sites in Alaska!

Visit these websites below to see detailed migration maps of seven species of shorebird: the bar-tailed and marbled godwits; long-billed and bristle-thighed curlews; American and black oystercatchers; and whimbrel.


Bar-tailed Godwit, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Long-billed Curlew


Long-billed Curlew (Nebraska)


Long-billed Curlew (Pacific Coast)



Rare footage of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, possibly the rarest shorebird, only a few hundred left in Southeast Asia and Siberia.


On the Farthest Shores


Each May, millions of shorebirds and waterfowl migrate from every continent and ocean to breed on the immense wetlands of Arctic Alaska's coastal plain. But expanding oil concessions and climate change are transforming the region, and with it, this timeworn nesting ground is changing, too. WCS conservationists are working on these farthest of shores to study the changes and help ensure the birds' future.


Last updated: December 20, 2013