Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

Habitat Management Workshops in Brazil and Canada


Editor’s Note: This article is based on others written by Brad Winn and Monica Iglecia for Manomet’s shorebird science blog and Newsletters.


In February, Brad Winn and Monica Iglecia of Manomet’s Shorebird Habitat Management Division and Rob Clay of Manomet’s WHSRN Executive Office traveled to Brazil to conduct two workshops on shorebird ecology, management, and conservation. They also met with the country’s Ministry of the Environment to discuss their shared interests in supporting the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative and Brazil’s Migratory Shorebird Conservation Plan. The trip was a success due in large part to collaborating with local partners SAVE Brasil and Aquasis, both nongovernmental organizations, and the federal agency National Center for Bird Conservation (CEMAVE). Read more.

Icapui, northeast Brazil / Courtesy of Monica Iglecia

The first workshop was held in southern Brazil, at Lagoa do Peixe WHSRN Site of International Importance, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. In the mid-1980s, this little-known site at the time hosted the first workshop of its kind, led by Manomet’s Brian Harrington. One of this year’s participants remembered getting her start in shorebird science at that workshop! Read her story.

The second workshop was held in coastal northeast Brazil, in the state of Ceará, near Icapui. It brought together professional managers and biologists from Brazil, Suriname, and French Guiana to build a collective understanding of regional shorebird conservation needs. They also discussed the strategies needed to alleviate threats to shorebird populations in the Atlantic Flyway. Participants honed their shorebird ecology skills during a field trip to Banco dos Cajuais, a candidate WHSRN Site.


Reed Lake, Saskatchewan / Courtesy of Monica Iglecia


In May, Manomet´s Brad Winn, Brian Harrington, and Monica Iglecia carried out a Shorebird Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Management workshop in Chaplin, Saskatchewan, in collaboration with Nature Saskatchewan, Chaplin Nature Centre, and University of Saskatchewan. In the classroom and on field trips to the Chaplin/Old Wives/Reed Lakes WHSRN Site of Hemispheric Importance, the 35 participants honed their shorebird ecology skills. They came from all the three Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan), and discussed conservation at the site- and landscape-scale. Read more.

For more information, please contact Brad Winn (bwinn@manomet.org), Director, or Monica Iglecia (miglecia@manomet.org), Assistant Director, Shorebird Habitat Management Division, Manomet, based in Massachusetts and Washington, respectively.