Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

WHSRNews Special Note

A Warm Welcome to our New WHSRN Director!

The Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences has named Dr. Robert Clay as the new director of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN)'s Executive Office. 


Dr. Rob Clay, new WHSRN Director and mate (tea) aficionado. 

Dr. Clay brings a breadth of experience in conservation to this new role, having lead many hemispheric conservation initiatives over the last two decades for Guyra Paraguay and BirdLife International. In addition to his deep passion for shorebirds and extensive knowledge of their ecology, Rob is experienced in supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts at WHSRN sites throughout the Americas. British-born Clay was instrumental in the nomination of the first WHSRN Site in Paraguay (Asuncion Bay), his adopted home country.

Prior to joining Manomet, Dr. Clay was Senior Conservation Manager in Birdlife International's Secretariat for the Americas, where he guided the development, funding, and management of its conservation programs. Rob has spent many years focused on conservation efforts for globally threatened migratory species, and grassland birds in particular. He has worked extensively with WHSRN staff and partners, served on the WHSRN Hemispheric Council, and lent his expertise on several of WHSRN's Species Conservation Plans.

“I am very excited to be joining what is widely recognized as one of the most successful flyway-scale site networks in the world,” said Clay. “Working with the many WHSRN partners throughout the Americas, I'm optimistic that together we can redress the worrying declines in so many shorebird populations.”

The WHSRN Executive Office is a program of the Manomet Center, a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to science-based conservation actions since its founding 45 years ago. The Manomet Center is headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, with staff also in Alaska, Maine, Delaware, Chile, and now Paraguay.

“We are delighted to have someone of Rob's experience and stature continuing the leadership of WHSRN and its Executive Office. We're looking forward to great progress in advancing shorebird conservation with our partners across the Hemisphere,” said Dr. Stephen Brown, Manomet's Shorebird Recovery Program Director.

Dr. Brown has been the acting WHSRN Director since November 2013, following Dr. Charles Duncan's retirement. Manomet Center, WHSRN staff, and WHSRN Hemispheric Council members are grateful to Stephen for expertly administering the office through this time of transition. Dr. Clay will begin his new role on 1 May 2014 based in Asuncion, Paraguay, where he has lived with his family for 15 years. Please join us in welcoming him!

For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Brown (sbrown@manomet.org), Shorebird Recovery Program Director, or Meredith Gutowski Morehouse (mgmorehouse@manomet.org), WHSRN Conservation Specialist, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.