Manomet will host a celebration of the first annual World Shorebirds Day on Sept. 6, including morning birding outings and an afternoon event at the headquarters campus.
“It is very encouraging to see the energy and interest growing for World Shorebirds Day,” said Brad Winn, director of Manomet’s Shorebird Habitat Management project. “We will be scanning the coastal wetlands in eastern Massachusetts on the same day as others all over the world are counting shorebirds too. This is global recognition for a group of birds showing population declines in every flyway. Recognition and appreciation are the first steps in conservation.”
The global celebration was proposed and organized by György Szimuly, a well-known bird conservationist based in Milton Keynes, England. Birders can register their shorebird watching sites on http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/.
Winn and Manomet scientist emeritus Brian Harrington will lead shorebird trips near Manomet co-sponsored by the Goldenrod Foundation. The afternoon event will feature brief presentations on shorebird conservation efforts and a keynote address from Mary Griffin, commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game.
These events are free, but registration is required.