Stan Senner on Migratory Shorebirds

Black Turnstones at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Black Turnstones at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

We had a terrific interview with Stan Senner, Director of Bird Conservation – Pacific Flyway for The Audubon Society.  We learned some amazing things about shorebird migration and life cycle – for example, the Semipalmated Sandpiper eats Lemming teeth out of Snowy Owl pellets, in order to gain calcium for egg-laying!  And the Bar-tailed Godwit flies directly from Alaska to New Zealand, more than 7,000 miles over open ocean, flapping continuously for 8 straight days.

Complete interview here.  Listen and be amazed!

The Mendocino Coast Audubon Society has several shorebird-related programs, and leads field trips where you can see and learn about these amazing birds.

Links for additional information:

Audubon report on Climate Change effects on birds

Audubon Watch List of species in need of conservation help

Important Bird Area program – note that part of the Mendocino coast is a designated IBA

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About Tim

Host for Oak and Thorn on the first and third Sundays of every month, and The Ecology Hour on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Oak & Thorn aims to present the widest possible spectrum of Celtic music, from traditional to contemporary styles, along with information about history and culture. The Ecology Hour- Science Edition (co-hosted with Bob Spies) presents recent scientific findings about the natural world and our place in it. My other interests include brewing, gardening, birding, cooking, woodworking, and history. I live on Middle Ridge in Albion, California, among wonderful neighbors.
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