Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

Site Assessment Tool

What will WHSRN do with the results?

The WHSRN Executive Office will carry out the analysis network-wide and report back to the different sites and WHSRN partners. Data relevant to the IBA monitoring will be fed into the World Bird Database maintained by BirdLife. The results would also most certainly be facilitated to the national protected area agencies responsible for the sites, as well as to the Ramsar Convention, for those WHSRN sites that are Ramsar sites.

Ruddy Turnstone
Photo Credit: Tom Vezo

For WHSRN, the analysis will provide input to other WSHRN initiatives like the Species Action Plans, help with advocacy and projects to address common issues of concern at many sites, exchange of best management practices between sites, communication and public awareness initiatives, among others.

Since this will be the first application of the Site Assessment and the Birdlife framework in the Americas, changes are very likely to be suggested for the next round of assessment of WHSRN sites. Lessons will be learned about what approaches work best for monitoring and conserving sites across the world. These lessons need to be documented, analyzed, interpreted and published – and fed back into strategies for site conservation.