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New Pacific Americas shorebird Conservation Strategy

Of the 28 shorebird species using the Pacific Americas flyway, eleven percent have declined, and none are increasing (43% are stable and 46% have unknown trends). National Audubon Society and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service have announced the release of the new Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Strategy, based on the consultation of 85 experts from more than 53 unique institutions in 15 countries. From a selection of 21 target shorebird species (the most representative species), the strategy sets conservation targets, identifies major threats and effective actions needed to restore and maintain shorebird populations throughout the Flyway, between Alaska and Chile.

Based on threat-ranking of the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, the strategy focuses on the following main identified threats: climate change, development, invasive species and problematic native species, disturbance from recreational activities, water use and management, aquaculture and shoreline and wetland modification.

Learn more and read the Strategy at: https://www.shorebirdplan.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Pacific-Americas-Strategy-2016.pdf

Senner, S. E., Andres, B. A. & Gates, H. R. (Eds.) 2016. Pacific Americas shorebird conservation strategy. National Audubon Society, New York, New York, USA. Available at: http://www.shorebirdplan.org.

Featured photo: Surfbird, Calidris virgata, February 2013 Nicaragua ©JacobKlinger