By Julia Salazar

The Caribbean coastlines of Central America are poised to become the next key conservation priority for the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative (AFSI), an effort to contribute to the management and protection of shorebird habitat led by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

As other stopover sites for birds migrating between the Arctic to South America decline due to human and climate-related impacts, Caribbean coastlines in Central America can provide alternative feeding and resting spots along these birds’ multi-continental journeys.

This effort, which kicked off in February 2022, is led by Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN)‘s executive office (housed within Manomet’s Flyways team) and is supported by an advisory committee of regional shorebird experts and the USFWS.

By adding the Caribbean to its geographic areas of focus, AFSI will bolster its overarching goal which is to increase populations of especially critical and vulnerable shorebirds within the Atlantic Flyway by 10 to 15 percent over a 10-year period.

Read full story on WHSRN’s site.