The World Shorebirds Day is a celebration. Shorebirds, those extreme migrants, as well as people, who do the most for them, are celebrated each year, on the 6th of September.
Shorebirds were my bird photography spark birds and they ignited the fire I have within me to go out into the field as often as possible to photograph all wild birds doing what they want to do where they want to do it. Shorebirds sparked me into improving my photographic skills and lit my desire to learn as much about them as possible. From the tiniest Least Sandpiper to the larger Long-billed Curlews, shorebirds fascinate and delight me.
About half of the shorebirds in the world are in decline and a few might not make it the next 2 decades if we don’t help them now. Habitat destruction, human disturbance and climate change are the biggest threats to these amazing birds.
- To raise public awareness about the need to protect shorebirds and their habitats throughout their life cycles;
- To raise public awareness about the need for ongoing shorebird research;
- To connect people with shorebirds through important shorebird sites around the world;
- To get shorebird enthusiasts to introduce shorebirds to more birdwatchers;
- To raise awareness about the need for increased funding for shorebird research, monitoring and conservation.
I am blessed to live in an area of the Great Basin that has millions of shorebirds because of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, some of these shorebirds breed here and some are migrants that visit during their long migrations.
My world is much richer because of shorebirds and my photography and I hope that my images inspire people to appreciate and protect them.
Happy World Shorebirds Day!
PS: This Ruddy Turnstone was photographed in October of 2008 at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach. It was very uncommon for me to see Ruddy Turnstones perched on anything, I was more used to seeing them in the water or on the sand. I took quite a few images of this turnstone before someone walked behind me and flushed the bird, this frame was taken just before the turnstone flew off.