Birds are migrating southward already? Unfortunately for you summer lovers, yes. Adult shorebirds, a diverse group that includes sandpipers and plovers, are headed southward from their arctic breeding grounds - the first sign of our waning summer.
Adults arrive in
The growing awareness of threats to shorebird populations and their habitats has prompted the development of international cooperative conservation networks. One such initiative that has emerged is the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN). This program resulted directly from internationally coordinated research programs that showed that shorebirds use a restricted set of sites during their annual migrations and that these sites support a high percentage of their populations. These special places, which provide an exceptional abundance of food at the right time of the year, effectively form the links in a chain of sites that enables the birds to complete their migrations.
For shorebirds to survive, all the links in the chain need to be preserved, since removal of one link would disrupt the entire migration system and prevent the birds from completing their annual travels. There are currently over 30 WHSRN reserves protecting shorebird habitat from
Other highlights this week included a little blue heron at the Hogle Wildlife Sanctuary in