Emily Renaud

Communications Coordinator

This year, we’re celebrating 50 years of partnerships, hands-on research, education, and connecting people to nature. While 50 years is a major milestone for Manomet, we wanted to recognize some of the other numbers that have made us who we are today…

  • Manomet was established on August 4, 1969 as the Manomet Bird Observatory with a staff of 9 people, including director Kathleen “Betty” Anderson.

  • We had 450 members from 27 U.S. states upon opening.
  • By 1979, MBO’s intern program had hosted over 140 aspiring biologists at HQ to conduct research and gain experience from staff scientists.
  • It is estimated that over 40,000 people have visited Manomet’s banding lab since 1969.

  • By its tenth anniversary in 1996, the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) had 35 sites with more than 4,000,000 acres of important shorebird habitat. Today, WHSRN includes 106 sites with over 38,000,000 acres of shorebird habitat.
  • Manomet began in Plymouth, Massachusetts on 17 acres of coastal grassland habitat. Today, our work has expanded to all 50 U.S. states and in 19 countries, from the Arctic to Argentina and even Israel!