Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

WHSRN Sites

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The Network currently has 90 sites in 13 countries, from Alaska in the north to Tierra del Fuego in southern South America. The first site was the Site of Hemispheric Importance at Delaware Bay, United States, dedicated in May 1986.


© Charles Duncan

There are three categories of Sites and one of Landscapes, according to their importance for shorebirds:

    Sites/Landscapes of Hemispheric Importance:
    - at least 500,000 shorebirds annually, or
    - at least 30% of the biogeographic population for a species
    Sites of International Importance:
    - at least 100,000 shorebirds annually, or
    - at least 10% of the biogeographic population for a species
    Sites of Regional Importance:
    - at least 20,000 shorebirds annually, or
    - at least 1% of the biogeographic population for a species

 

Other Information:

Information about how to nominate a site.

View the list of current WHSRN Sites.

See where all of our WHSRN Sites are located on our interactive Google Map.

Latest estimates of biogeographic populations of most North American shorebirds are available from the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan.

For population estimates of species that do not occur in the United States, please use the book Waterbird Population Estimates - 3rd edition by Wetlands International.