World Shorebirds Day is a celebration of shorebirds and those protecting them.

Come and learn more about this event!


The ‘Shorebird of the Year’ in 2018 is the Whimbrel. Copyright by Jen Britton (Photo embedding was permitted by the photographer. Direct link to her photo provided.)

6 September

 World Shorebirds Day


Global Shorebird Counting Program
5–11 September 2018


Reactions about World Shorebirds Day

Rob P. Clay, Ph.D, Director of Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

From the Arctic Tundra to 4000+ m wetlands in the Andes, from windswept Patagonia to the High Seas, shorebirds are birds adapted to extremes. But one extreme they are struggling to adapt to is human-induced changes to their habitats. Already six species of shorebird have been lost since the period of European colonization, and a further eight species are on the brink of global extinction. Together they form one of the groups of birds undergoing the most dramatic declines globally. World Shorebirds Day represents a great opportunity to not only celebrate the amazing journeys and marvelous adaptations of these birds living at extremes, but to ponder their plight and what it means for our own long-term wellbeing.

Christoph Zöckler, Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force Coordinator

Shorebirds are an enigmatic group of birds. Connecting almost all corners of the world through their migration routes  they depict more than any other group the wonders of bird migration. Most are declining, well reflecting the state of our environment and as such a highly valuable indicator but also beautiful birds. I very much support the World Shorebirds Day Initiative and of course, I am very pleased to see the Spoon-billed Sandpiper has been selected as shorebird of the year 2014!

Yvonne Verkuil, chair International Wader Study Group (IWSG)

The IWSG welcomes the initiative for this World Shorebird Day. We hope that on this day people will gather at places where they can observe and enjoy shorebirds, and raise awareness for the vulnerability of the habitats they use. We believe this initiative will stimulate professionals and amateurs to observe and research shorebirds, also called waders. The wader research of the IWSG community ranges from observing waders in one’s own ‘backyard’, to extensive long-term studies aiming at a deeper understanding of spectacular phenomena such as long-distance migration, living in extreme environments and variable reproductive strategies.

Charles Duncan, Former Director, Shorebird Recovery Project, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Almost daily, we learn more about what astonishing creatures shorebirds are, but at the same time how their populations are disappearing. World Shorebirds Day celebrates their wonder and brings attention to their plights. And in that celebration, we are reminded of our connectedness to one another and all life on this good green planet.

Liz Crawford, Hunter Bird Observers Club

Shorebird migration ties the world together, making us realize how interdependent we all are. Their survival depends on international cooperation to recognize and protect critical habitats along the flyway. But it also depends on what we do in our own backyard. Raising community awareness of the endurance feats of these birds must help to conserve them and their habitats.

Phil Straw, Vice Chairman, Australasian Wader Studies Group of BirdLife Australia

Many species of shorebirds, especially in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, are in serious decline and some could well be heading towards extinction. Making more people aware of shorebirds during World Shorebirds Day will help us all to understand some of the threats these birds are facing on the ground over a vast region. One of the most important challenges is communication in a region of many cultures and languages. If we can achieve this across a flyway with more than 45% of the world’s human population, we can turn this into a positive force.

Khara Strum, Wetlands Ecologist, Point Blue Conservation Science

The feat of bird migration continues to amaze people from around the world. World Shorebirds’ Day recognizes this global fascination and celebrates the shorebird migration, uniting efforts to conserve wetlands, agricultural lands, coastlines, and prairies to benefit shorebirds, other wildlife and people. Connecting communities to conserve shorebirds and wetlands is a priority for Point Blue and we are thrilled to participate in this celebration.

Dr Debbie Pain, Director of Conservation, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Shorebirds are some of the most captivating of wetland species, but sadly they face many challenges around the world. They are the focus of much of WWT’s work, whether we’re working to increase the number of spoon-billed sandpipers that fledge in Russia or creating wet grasslands as breeding areas in UK, so we’re delighted that World Shorebirds Day is drawing attention to their plight.

Brian L. Sullivan, eBird Project Leader

Shorebirds show us how small and interconnected the world is; how human decisions thousands of miles away ripple through ecosystems, across borders and into our own neighborhoods. World Shorebird Day presents an opportunity for everyone around the world to stop and marvel at these great navigators. Team eBird is thrilled to take part and provide a way to share observations from everywhere on earth


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  1. San Diego Audubon has a bicycle birding trip scheduled for that day. Since I’ve done a couple of shore bird surveys and there are not many ducks to excite the cyclists why not do some serious citizen science and count shore birds. We’ve had more than nine species showing lately and should be up to several hundred birds in 10-15 species by 9-6-14.

    • Thanks for your comment. It would be nice to contact the organisers of SDA and asking them for encouraging the event participants to celebrate and count shorebirds. Can you help to reach them?

    • Jim, I’m signed up to do Fiesta Island, but I am not sure if I will be able to get on the island because I can’t get there until Saturday afternoon/evening. Maybe you can do a bike ride around the island to count? I could do the area near the parking lot.

  2. I have 2 sites registered – Dauphin Island West End and Pelican Island – but my name does not appear when the sites are clicked on, as do other sites.

    • I just noticed the same problem with my sites (Sanibel and Captiva islands in Florida). I registered them online a few weeks ago…

      • So the problem is your name doesn’t appear on the marker? I try to update it but this is a manual process and I couldn’t keep up with the registration speed. The point is with the map to show where activities are.

      • It is not really a problem- I just noticed some sites show names and others do not. The important part is that the sites show up on the map, and I will be there counting 🙂

      • I try to add when I got request but obviously I run out of time. I fully agree with you. What counts is the map I will share in a few hours where counts have actually been carried out. Check the blog. 🙂

    • Darlene, just because by someone behaved impolitely and offensively to you on Facebook, you should not be ignoring shorebirds. That narrow minded comment made you upset, but a bunch of other people, including me love your presence in the group! Please ignore that guy, and treat him on the way he deserves. Our community definitely doesn’t deserve it, and definitely not like him! I hope you keep up your admiration to shorebirds. They need you!

  3. Do you have a good shorebird identification book/list that you can recommend? I will be counting shorebirds in the Northern Illinois region. This will be my first time participating and I am looking forward to it.

  4. I’m glad I logged on to eBird today! I am a Cleveland area resident and a relatively new birder, so I will definitely plan a trip to the lakeshore tomorrow to participate. This is perfect timing, as I’m currently trying to visit many of the sites on the Ohio Lake Erie Birding Trail. Good luck to all!

  5. I only just learned of this. My wife and I like to go beach-combing and bird-watching most weekends, so I would love to participate. Is it too late to register a location? I don’t see many taken in Washington State – although the few spots that were picked already are certainly good ones.

  6. Not too many shorebirds where I am this time of year! Let’s try again in a few months when we will have many!

  7. We’ll be birding Salmon Arm, here in BC. An important shorebird stopover in British Columbia’s interior.

  8. Here are the instructions:
    How to be a part of this popular program of the World Shorebirds Day?

    Think about where will you be on 4–6 September 2015;
    Add your location(s) on the Google Map, where you most probably would do counting;
    Follow our blog to get notified about new announcements;
    Go counting shorebirds on the weekend of 4–6 September 2015;
    Submit your data to eBird (find related technical details here).
    Further guideline

    The list of shorebirds can be found here.
    It is highly recommended that not only shorebirds numbers to be recorded but all birds present at the counting locations. Of course if timing is an issue, shorebirds are the first priority.
    Don’t be disappointed if your site holds only a few birds. Every effort counts, whether hundreds or thousands of individuals are present or just one.
    Data submission deadline is 13 September 2015.

    They are on this page:

    The map is on this page. The WordPress page has this link, just click the “Google Maps” link on the wordpress page or the link that I give.

  9. What a great day! Love shorebirds? Make a pledge to Save the Chicks at http://www.save-the-chicks.com, a shorebird nesting awareness site in its fledgling stage. Shorebirds are important to our ecosystem and need our respect. Most shorebirds nest at a time we humans take our vacations to the beaches they call home. I’ve been a chick sitter during hatching weeks on the beaches of Sarasota (a very rewarding activity) educating beach-goers and protecting roped-off sections to save nests and hatchlings from harm. Enjoy your activities today and please make a pledge to save the chicks. Thanks.

  10. In Alberta, Canada, we are experiencing severe drought, despite recent rainfall. The drought has left barren many of our most productive shorebird habitats. Recently, my best photos have been of shorebirds huddling in casual water on farm fields. Very depressing!

    • That’s a real shame. Any place where you find shorebirds is fine. Thanks for your support anyway. If you plan to be a returning participant of Global Shorebird Counting please give yourself a chance to win. Check the blog for more details.

  11. Shoreline Safety Harbor is my favorite observation area
    I saw a pair of Frigetts fly over before the storm moved North. As well as a Bald Eagle moving inland.
    Full grown Bald Eagle

  12. Did count birds yesterday on World shorebirds count and will send you results. It was great and successful day of the event. Thank you so much for letting us know and participate.

  13. Shorebird season will be starting in a month or two in Australia, although we have been seeing some winter migrants over the past couple of months. Would like to share your page link on our FB page as many of our followers might like to get involved.

  14. Gyorgy, I have registered 5 sites today and have already counted at one of them. I will be heading out again soon. I am assuming I can submit checklists from additional sites, even if I did not register them? I hope to contribute as much data as I can.

      • Hi Gyorgy et. al.
        Today I have given two conferences at the National College of Monserrat of the National University of Cordoba, Argentina (- 31. 25 07 91-64.111312) for teachers and 240 students, whose theme was The Shorebirds of Laguna Mar Chiquita and the World Shorebirds Day. This weekend we will have shorebirds in Laguna Mar Chiquita, Còrdoba, Argentina (-30.57645000 -62.21008301)
        Greetings to all and good shorebirds !!!
        Biologist Walter E. Cejas- Museum of Zoology. FCEFyN (National University of Cordoba)

      • That sounds fantastic. I’m pleased to hear World Shorebirds Day reaches its primary goal and our ambassadors are joining us raising awareness of the importance of conservation and research. Keep up this spirit.

  15. Good morning. We are planning to do several Shorebird surveys on the Caribbean island of Curacao. However I don’t seem to be able to put the areas on the Google Map. What am I doing wrong? Thank you for your answer!

  16. I registered 2 locations in New Brunswick, Canada, which have yet to appear. Hay Island and Strawberry Marsh, Northumberland County. I don’t see them yet on the map. I am sure it is a busy time.

  17. I love the idea. I just think that it is a shame that it doesn’t include gulls. Our endemic Pacific Gull Larus pacificus needs all the help that it can get. Nobody seems to care. I will try later this year to have it recognised in Victoria, Australia as “Threatened”.

    • It’s a specialised group for shorebirds but of course, as always, we promote counting of all birds, including gulls and terns. So that should not be a problem. I recommend you to participate, count shorebirds and gulls and share the result with us. 🙂

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