Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

Hemispheric Council Grows

WHSRN’s Hemispheric Council. Photo by Diego Luna Quevedo.

This spring, WHSRN appointed three new members to its Hemispheric Council, the advisory body that guides WHSRN’s work to conserve shorebird species and their habitats across the Americas. The Council is made up of members from across the hemisphere, bringing together representatives of WHSRN’s key partners to oversee the overall strategy and effectiveness of the Network.

These three new members will bring important knowledge and perspective to the Council. Together they represent the Brazilian Shorebird Conservation Plan Advisory Group (Danielle Paludo and alternate Juliana Almeida), National Audubon Society (Matt Jeffery and alternate Stan Senner), and expertise in “all things” Semipalmated Sandpiper (David Mizrahi).

Enjoy reading their brief bios below, and please join us in welcoming them to the WHSRN Hemispheric Council!



           Danielle Paludo


Danielle Paludo
Coordinator, Brazilian Migratory Shorebird Conservation Plan

Danielle is an Oceanographer by training, with a Masters in Biological Sciences. She works as an Environmental Analyst for the National Center for Research and Bird Conservation (CEMAVE), part of the Chico Mendes Institute for Biological Conservation (ICMBio) within the Brazilian Environmental Ministry (MMA). In additional to coordinating the Brazilian Shorebird Conservation Plan (PAN) she works with protected areas management and species conservation projects.



           Dr. David Mizrahi


Dr. David Mizrahi
Vice-president for Research and Monitoring, New Jersey Audubon

David’s work focuses on the ecology and conservation of shorebirds with a primary focus on Semipalmated Sandpipers and other shorebird species that winter in Northern South America and migrate through the western Atlantic region. Since 1995, Dr. Mizrahi has conducted research on the ecology and behavior of shorebirds using soft-sediment habitats in Delaware Bay, including investigating the relationship between horseshoe crab egg availability and weight gain potential in Semipalmated Sandpipers, relationships between habitat use and foraging strategies, and migration phenology and connectivity using nanotag technology. In 2008, he initiated a comprehensive shorebird research and conservation program in northeastern South America with partners in Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil.



           Matt Jeffery


Matt Jeffery
Deputy Director of the International Alliances Program, National Audubon Society

Matt has been with National Audubon since 2006, and has more than 20 years of experience in conservation. He has worked closely with local organizations and managed projects in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexico, Panama, Chile, Belize, Bahamas, Argentina, and Paraguay. His focus has been on the protection of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically those concerning Neotropical migrant bird populations. Matt was on the steering committee for the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Business Plan, was a contributing author for the Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Strategy, and helped build the Panama Bay Shorebird Conservation Plan.  




           Stan Senner


Stan Senner (alternate for Matt Jeffery, National Audubon Society)
Vice President for Bird Conservation Pacific Flyway, National Audubon Society

In a career spanning 40 years, Stan has worked for The Wilderness Society and U.S. House of Representatives during passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, as executive director of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, as chief restoration planner and science coordinator for the state-federal Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, and as executive director of Audubon Alaska (1999-2009). In the early 1990s, Stan organized a migratory bird conservation program for National Audubon and started Audubon’s first Important Bird Area project (in Pennsylvania). Most recently, he was director of conservation science for Ocean Conservancy, where his work focused on offshore drilling in Arctic waters and restoration following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Stan holds an M.S. in biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has published more than 25 technical papers, mostly focused on the ecology and conservation of migratory birds, and was one of the first WHSRN Council members.



           Dr. Juliana Bosi de Almeida


Dr. Juliana Bosi de Almeida (alternate for Danielle Paludo, Brazilian Shorebird Conservation Plan)
Shorebird Program Manager, SAVE Brasil

Juliana has been working with shorebirds for over 10 years, starting with her PhD work on wintering ecology of Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Brazil. She has since collaborated on other shorebird projects and in 2012 became part of the Executive Committee for the Brazilian National Action Plan for Shorebird Conservation. Currently, she leads the development and implementation of SAVE Brasil’s Shorebird Conservation Program, and also serves on the CMS Americas Flyways Task Force, AFSI Executive Committee and BirdLife International Atlantic Flyway Working Group.