Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network


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Our mission is to conserve shorebirds and their habitats through a network of key sites across the Americas.


Sites in sufficient number, quality, and location are designated and managed to sustain all native shorebird species and their current populations throughout the Americas.

© Mark Wilson

Guiding Principles

  • WHSRN site designation and conservation action are based on the appropriate application of the best available information.
  • Site-based conservation is the centerpiece for accomplishing WHSRN's mission within the larger ecological context of each site.
  • Traditional and local ecological knowledge and cultural practices are recognized, valued and respected.
  • Integration and collaboration at local, national and international scales with other conservation groups and programs enhances WHSRN's capacity to achieve its vision.
  • Communication and voluntary partnerships are key to an effective network and achieving common conservation goals.

"At the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, we view WHSRN as our valuable partner in helping to ensure the wise use of wetlands. The WHSRN initiative demonstrates the vision and leadership it takes to foster the international cooperation essential for the protection of wetlands and the migratory birds that depend on them for survival."

Dr. Nick Davidson
Deputy Secretary General
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands