Recent data suggest that several Atlantic Flyway shorebird species have experienced declines of between 50 percent and 90 percent within the last three decades, an alarming trend that requires the continuation of current conservation actions and an immediate response for additional efforts. The Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Conservation Business Strategy is an unprecedented endeavor to implement conservation for shorebirds across the entire east coast of North America. The Strategy involves numerous federal, state, provincial, and local governments, conservation groups, universities and individuals. The business strategy approach emphasizes the involvement of scientists, advocates, funders and other practitioners all working together for prioritized, on-the-ground actions that move toward specific, measurable outcomes.
The first phase of the strategy, released by Manomet and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March of 2013, focuses on conservation projects in Canada and the United States, while future iterations will include focus on engagement with Caribbean and South American conservation partners. The goal of this conservation strategy is to create a long-term platform for stability and recovery of focal species identified and to increase current shorebird population levels by 10-15 percent by 2020.
The summary and full versions of Phase 1 of the The Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Business Strategy can be accessed here: