Fun Fact Friday: When it comes to migration – nature’s grandest spectacle – the journeys of shorebirds are perhaps the most extraordinary. Most of the shorebird species that visit us here on the Atlantic Coast breed in the Arctic tundra and spend their winters in South America. Some, like Red Knots, head to Tierra del Fuego at the extreme southern edge of the continent – a 10,000 mile trip. Least Sandpipers don’t travel as far, but these Lilliputian birds – the world’s smallest shorebird, weighing less than an ounce – make non-stop hops of up to 2,500 miles. These are marathon migrators, and paragons of endurance.
They are also at risk. At least half of all shorebird species around the world are in decline, threatened by habitat loss, global climate change, and conflicts with people.
World Shorebirds Day – observed annually on September 6 – is a global day to celebrate these wonders of nature and raise awareness about their remarkable life stories and the incredible perils they face. One of the main events of World Shorebirds Day is the Global Shorebird Count, held for one week around the day itself – this year, from September 1-7. This effort is critical in helping determine the state of the birds – those species most in trouble and those that might be recovering – and directing conservation efforts where they’ll be most effective.
To learn more about World Shorebird Day and how to take part in the count, follow this link: https://www.worldshorebirdsday.org/global-shorebird-counts.
Life for shorebirds is hard; you can help make their future a little bit easier.
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