Many North American shorebird species are declining at alarming rates, but we do not know why. Through our Arctic field research, we are hoping to increase our understanding of the status of shorebird populations and to learn what is causing their declines.
Manomet has conducted shorebird research in the arctic every field season since 2001, except for 2020 due to the pandemic. This summer, senior shorebird scientist Shiloh Schulte will return to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to continue several studies delayed by COVID-19 in 2020. Shiloh will work closely with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to deploy GPS tracking tags on Whimbrel, American Golden-Plovers, Pectoral Sandpipers, and other species as part of an ongoing study of local movement patterns and long-distance migration pathways and stopover sites. In addition to the tracking work, Shiloh will be collaborating on developing methods for remote monitoring of shorebird nests and mentoring new USFWS technicians and volunteers.