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​Brad Winn

Shorebird Habitat Management

Project Overview

To know where conservation is needed — and if initiatives have been effective — shorebird scientists require a broad understanding of species populations and trends.

In 1974, Manomet organized the volunteer-based International Shorebird Survey (ISS) to gather information on shorebirds and the wetlands they depend on. Through the work of dedicated volunteers conducting field surveys during spring and fall migrations, this monitoring network provides hemispheric data on shorebirds. Volunteers have completed almost 80,000 census counts at 1200 locations in 47 U.S. states, with additional counts from Central and South America.