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About IWSG

The International Wader Study Group (IWSG) brings together everyone who has a passion for waders (shorebirds), the habitats they use and their conservation. Members include research scientists, citizen scientists and conservation practitioners from all around the world. Membership is open to all.

We study waders worldwide, with a range of projects from local ringing and counting studies to international cooperative work. Our research helps us understand more about the lives of shorebirds and the threats to them and we co-operate with conservation bodies to inform their work.

To disseminate information on waders, exchange ideas and facilitate co-operation, we hold an annual conference in a different country each year and publish a peer-reviewed journal, Wader Study and an occasional series International Wader Studies.

Our objectives

The objectives of the International Wader Study Group are:

  1. internationally promote, encourage and co-ordinate studies on waders or shorebirds and factors affecting them; and
  2. internationally enhance the exchange of information and experience relating to waders or shorebirds and factors affecting them.

What we do

The International Wader Study Group facilitates:

  • contact between both amateurs and professionals studying waders;
  • organisation of co-operative studies and projects;
  • vehicles for exchange of information on waders and their biology.

The main means of achieving the objectives are through:

Feature photo by Natalia Martinez Curci; Red Knots of mixed ages at Punta Rasa, Argentina, on 25 May 2013