WHSRN awarded major grant to foster shorebird conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere

tats across the Americas."

This third-year grant will allow WHSRN to work with its partners to undertake the following efforts:

  • Stem losses and create a base for rebuilding populations of four shorebird species of high concern: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Mountain Plover, Long-billed Curlew, and Western Sandpiper through land protection at Janos and Baha Santa Mara, Mexico; Baha Samborombn, Argentina; Depto de Rocha, Uruguay; and Lagoa do Peixe, Brazil;

  • Analyze threats to WHSRN sites, and develop conservation strategies and measures of success for abating these threats at a hemispheric scale;

  • Complete plans identifying key sites and spatially explicit on-the-ground actions to improve the conservation status of the most "at-risk" shorebird species;

  • Assess the abundance and use of habitat by Red Knots in Patagonia to identify key stopover sites for protection of this population;

  • Develop and disseminate research protocols to test hypotheses on causes for shorebird declines to serve as an authoritative common basis for action;

  • Increase the capacity of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay to conserve migratory shorebird populations using rice fields during the non-reproductive season, through information exchange and inter-sector cooperation.

In the second year of research, the Manomet WHSRN program and its partners accomplished the following:

  • Protected 7,900 acres of key habitat for Long-billed Curlew and Mountain Plover in Mexico (both "species of high concern");
  • Established agreements with ranch owners in Uruguay and Argentina to develop "shorebird-friendly" grazing practices on 18,000 acres to benefit wintering Buff-breasted Sandpipers ("high concern"), with additional outreach activities to other ranchers within the small wintering range of the species;
  • Continued monitoring of endangered Red Knots during th

Contact: Jim Elder
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

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