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