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