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Red Knot by Gerrit Vyn

Shorebirds are among the most threatened groups of North American birds. More than half of U.S. shorebird species are on the Watch List, including beach-nesting Piping and Wilson’s plovers, prairie-nesting Mountain Plover and Long-billed Curlew, and arcticnesting Red Knot and Hudsonian Godwit.

The small size of many shorebird populations, and their tendency to concentrate in small areas during migration and winter, make them especially vulnerable to human disturbance, loss of coastal and freshwater wetlands, and unregulated harvest in the Caribbean and South America.

Shorebirds will respond rapidly to protection and active management, such as providing shallow water impoundments or seasonally flooded rice fields. The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network recognizes more than 32 million acres of key habitats throughout the Americas.


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