For 2024 we will be highlighting our efforts to minimize shorebird disturbance as these birds have seen a continued decline in shorebird populations. The goal is to reduce the disturbance of migratory shorebirds on refuge owned or managed beaches. This will be accomplished by increasing the presence of trained personnel (staff, interns, or volunteers) on refuge beaches, improve communications about the issue, and observe positive or negative impacts to shorebirds to inform management decisions.