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16  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / Delaware Bay Celebrated as “Site of Hemispheric Importance” for Shorebirds at 25 on: 24-Mar-11, 10:57:06 am
It`s going to be a big celebration!



Delaware Bay Celebrated as “Site of Hemispheric Importance” for Shorebirds at 25-Year Anniversary Event

Bivalve, Port Norris, NJ—March XX, 2011— On May 9, 2011, a 25-year anniversary event will celebrate the international conservation efforts for shorebirds of the Delaware Bay and the many people who have worked to keep shorebirds in our lives.  Hosted by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) and a coalition of Delaware Bay conservation groups, the event will be held at the restored oyster shipping sheds and wharves of the Bayshore Discovery Project, Port Norris, NJ. Henry M. Paulson, Jr., conservationist and 74th Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, will be the keynote speaker.

Twenty-five years ago, biologists, citizens and political leaders came together to recognize Delaware Bay as a Site of Hemispheric Importance for migrating shorebirds, marking the beginning of WHSRN. Since then, this international conservation strategy of designating important breeding, stopover, and wintering areas for shorebirds has grown steadily and now includes 84 sites in 13 countries spanning the entire hemisphere, from Canadian Arctic to the tip of South America. 

The event will highlight the continuing importance of the Delaware Bay’s natural resources, not only as one of the world’s top shorebird stopover sites but also as a source of recreation and economic growth for millions of residents of New Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  The Bay’s estuary includes more than 400,000 acres of wetlands, stretching along the southwestern coast of New Jersey and the coast of Delaware.  As a major stop on the Atlantic Flyway, the Delaware Bayshore is a staging ground for migratory shorebirds of six species, including Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, and Semipalmated Sandpiper. 

The Bayshore and adjacent forest also provide world-famous stopover habitat for migratory passerines and raptors, and an ecotourism industry valued in the tens of millions of dollars.  In addition, several species of waterfowl congregate in large numbers off-shore during the winter months.

The Delaware Bay WHSRN Site of Hemispheric Importance was dedicated in May 1986 by proclamation of the Governors of New Jersey (Thomas Keane) and Delaware (Michael Castle). This year’s 25th anniversary event recognizes the vision and dedication of the founders and early conservationists involved in WHSRN, widely recognized as the most effective flyway-scale shorebird network in the world. The event also recognizes WHSRN’s role today and that of a coalition of conservation groups working to ensure Delaware Bay’s future.

Looking ahead to the event, Mr. Paulson expressed that he is pleased to take part in the celebration. “Delaware Bay is an important piece of our nation’s rich natural heritage,” says Paulson. “The collective efforts of partners like the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and South Jersey Bayshore Coalition are to be applauded for the conservation of this treasured place.”

"Delaware Bay is vital to human well-being and the natural world,” says Charles Duncan, who directs WHSRN’s Executive Office and leads the Shorebird Recovery Project at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. “We celebrate those visionaries who, 25 years ago, created WHSRN as a voluntary approach to protecting the Bay and connecting it with other important sites.  The people of Delaware and New Jersey can feel proud about the vision and effort that have gone into the stewardship of this important site.  In doing so, we are reminded again of the Bay’s continuing importance and the threats it faces.  At the same time, troubling new data about declines in shorebird populations across the Hemisphere are an urgent call to action to ensure that the treasures of our coastlines and interior wetlands continue in a vibrant future for generations to come.”

“After 25 years, shorebird protection has grown more difficult and vital to the survival of many shorebird species like the Red Knot,” adds Larry Niles of the Shorebird Project and former Chief of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Endangered and Nongame Species Program. “This event is truly a celebration of the extraordinary international conservation efforts for shorebirds of the Delaware Bay stopover and the many people that have worked together to create real change.”

Niles appeared in the PBS Nature film Crash: A Tale of Two Species which explored conservation efforts in Delaware Bay for the Red Knot shorebird, whose existence depends on horseshoe crabs. The film was written, produced, and narrated by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Allison Argo.

The anniversary milestone event will bring together conservationists, political leaders, scientists, birders, land managers, media, and a variety of other attendees who have an interest in the stewardship of Delaware Bay. In addition to the former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury as keynote speaker, other prominent speakers will include conservationist and National Book Award winner, Phillip M. Hoose, who will read from his forthcoming book for young readers entitled B-95: A Year in the Life of the Moonbird. Guests will enjoy a special reception with hearty fare along with other festivities that are being planned.

About WHSRN: The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network is the oldest hemispheric-scale voluntary conservation collaborative in the world. Its mission is the conservation of shorebird species and their habitats through a network of key sites in the Americas. WHSRN currently comprises 84 sites in 13 nations, some 22 million acres. The Executive Office of WHSRN is a key program of Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences’ hemispheric-scale Shorebird Recovery Project. Learn more about WHSRN at

About South Jersey Bayshore Coalition: The South Jersey Bayshore Coalition is a group of nonprofit organizations working to preserve the cultural heritage and environmental integrity of the Bayshore along the southwest coast of New Jersey. The Coalition promotes protection by building state and local awareness, appreciation and understanding of the region’s vital natural and historic resources. In addition to its focus on cultural and historic heritage, the Coalition is committed to promoting sustainable agriculture; preserving wildlife habitat; protecting ground and surface water quality and quantity; and to promoting compatible economic revitalization. For more information, visit
17  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / Re: Shell-squatting spider on: 08-Feb-11, 10:08:10 am
wow, thanks for sharing!! I will link it throught my facebook!
Mirta spider
18  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / hand-woven cloth, made of silken thread from spiders. on: 25-Jan-11, 10:39:57 am
TAke a look! It is wonderfull. I`d love to visit AMNH in NYC just to see it!

Mirta spider
19  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / Re: Red knot may get endangered status in New Jersey on: 25-Jan-11, 10:11:43 am
Thanks for sharing.
Red knots deserve as much help as possible!
20  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / Re: Spider smuggling (Today's "Big Ick") on: 20-Jan-11, 06:50:16 am
Unfortunately, the tarantula`s illegal traffic is a big problem.
It is great to know he was arrested
It is hard to undestand how people who said  love the animals contribute to their probllems looking for them as pets...
21  Member Activities / Birthdays / Re: ~Happy Birthday Mirta~ on: 19-Jan-11, 01:49:31 pm
Thanks for all the wishes and cards! Love them all
It was a great day I`ve spent with family and friends.
22  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / Re: "Waiter! There's a gecko in my broccoli!" on: 19-Jan-11, 01:46:36 pm
Well. It is better to buy broccoli with living gecko than buying broccoli full of pesticides that kill the insects that geckos can eat...
Hugs Mirta
23  Member Activities / Vacations and Holidays / Re: How I spent my Christmas vacation with Nora in Iowa on: 07-Jan-11, 05:36:49 pm
Hi Anne C.!!
I`m so glad you had enjoyed your visit to Nora.
How wonderful this group has been , not only to help falcon! We all had been blessed with great friends!
A big hug
24  Member Activities / Events / Re: Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from the Forum Members on: 24-Dec-10, 02:02:28 pm
2010 has been a year plenty of trips and work, and now we are preparing our daughter`s farewell bcs she`ll be moving on December 29th to Switzerland to start her PhD. I was remembering few days ago that I found rfalconcam when she started her studies and I went to visit her to La PLata city, in 2005.  So, I`ve had little time to write here... but always try to read as much as possible. You are one of the greatest group of people I`ve ever met by the internet!
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and the Happiest New Year!
We will be celebrating 2 YEAR of the Bats promoted by UNEP, CMS, Eurobats, BCI and several other partners. 2011 will be Year of the Bat in Europe, and 2012 all over the world, so my Christmas card must be a Bat one!!

Hugs  spider

25  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / Re: Shorebird Researchers Document Red Knot's Record-breaking Flight on: 24-Sep-10, 03:55:33 pm

Actually, the amazing thing is finding enough horseshoe crab eggs to re-energize and fatten up to continue the rest of the trip to the artic and the breeding grounds.  How many days/weeks are spent stuffing their bellies, Mirta?

Are you asking how many days in Delaware Bay? It depends on the bird condition after arrival, on how easy or difficult is for them to find enough eggs, and that is related not only with the eggs availability, weather plays an important part. And disturbances...


26  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / Shorebird Researchers Document Red Knot's Record-breaking Flight on: 24-Sep-10, 01:09:49 pm
Y0Y, a banded red knot flew 8000km in a 6days non stop flight, from the Uruguay - Brazil border to Ocracoke in North Caroline in USA. Before that he spent 173 days in the beaches where I work, we saw him during our last fall.

You can read more info about this amazing bird:

We are waiting now Y0Y`s and friends come back. It is spring here!!  happy

Y0Y is going to be as famous as B95 soon, today its picture was in the most important newspaper`s front page in Patagonia.

27  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / Re: Great Migrations on: 05-Sep-10, 03:12:36 pm
Great! I`ve got that channel, bub spanish version usually takes longer time to be released. I will be waiting for it!
28  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / red knots news: B-95 is still alive and kicking!! on: 21-Aug-10, 04:32:03 pm
Hi! I`m glad to copy you a message fot Charles Duncan, telling us that B-95, our Highlander red knot was seen again few day ago in Mingan, Canada
He is an incredible bird!  2thumbsup

Dear friends, 
Greetings from Guadalajara, Mexico, where I am participating in the closing events of the three Rare Pride campaigns for Red Knots in Argentina. 
Diego Luna, Manomet's Southern Cone Coordinator for the Shorebird Recovery Project, and I had very productive meetings today with the three campaign managers and the Rare staff based here.  Tomorrow we hear the final presentations and have been honored to be asked to say a few words in the closing ceremonies.
You'll recall the story of B-95, the Red Knot who was first banded in 1995 (at age 2 or more) in Tierra del Fuego.  He was last seen in December 2009 back at the site where he was banded,
For the first time in several years he wasn't seen in Delaware Bay this May, and I was saddened to think he might not be with us any more.  But against all odds, we got the short and thrilling news (below) from Dr. Allan Baker, Senior Curator of Ornithology and Head of the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum, that B-95 was seen at 11:00 a.m. today by Canadian researcher, Yves Aubry, at the Mingan Archipelago, at the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence!  This is truly “une belle retrouvaille ornithologique” [a beautiful ornithological reunion”]!
We can even infer from his relatively late-in-the-season arrival that B-95 again probably bred successfully (at age 17+), and stayed behind--as most male shorebirds do--to care for the juveniles who are the last to migrate.
Our gratitude goes to Yves and Allan for getting the word to us so quickly, and to the many dedicated shorebird researchers and conservationists who are working so hard to recover the populations of this almost magical little bird.  And, of course, our thanks to all of you who have contributed so much in so many ways.
All the best,


-----Original Message-----
From: Allan Baker
Sent: Thursday, 19 August 2010 4:31 PM;
Subject: Fwd: Retrouvaille ornithologique   Quarry aujourd'hui ! Indice : B-95...
Good news - B95 is still alive!!  Cheers, Allan.
Dr. Allan J. Baker
Head, Department of Natural History
Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, ON
And Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto
Ph: 416-586-5520
Bonjour   tous,
Une belle retrouvaille a eu lieu dans l'archipel ce matin :
Le chercheur Yves Aubry a observé B-95 vers 11h ce matin sur l'île
Quarry !
Ce Bécasseau maubêche, baptisé il y a 15 ans, continue de nous
émerveiller Smiley.  B-95 serait né en 1993 ou avant... il a donc au moins
Bonne journée   tous!,

Charles D. Duncan, Director
Shorebird Recovery Project
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
29  Other Nature Related Information / General Nature Discussion / Re: Spider question for Mirta! on: 01-Aug-10, 04:34:21 pm

At the falcon watcher breakfast we had a spider join us.  We learned how fast a web can be made and broken.  We had a spider drop down from a tree to the food table on a web, that was broken in no time since it was obviously a busy spot.  I tried taking some pictures that didn't come out very well, but here they are.  Any commentary is appreciated!

I didn't realize how bright the sun was-had to play with the contrast a bit...

Perhaps a big bug or a bird brake the web or it was escaping from a predator.
It is difficult to ID spiders from pictures.... I can`t see some details... but I`m sure is a spider from Araneidae family. Perhaps Araneus genus... and a low chance to be Araneus diadematus, the cross spider that was introduced in NA from Europe.
How big it was?

 spider  Mirta
30  Anything Else / Totally OT / Re: Fred Vickers, anneintoronto's father, who died in December 2009 on: 01-Aug-10, 11:41:26 am
Oh my goodness, Mirta! PATAGONIA??? Imagine!   How did you find the forum?

Mirta's been with us for a long time Bobbie. You need to catch up.  wave  Shaky has a map some where with most of our locations pinned on it.  ???  Maybe on KFC?  Oh I found it here:  We may have to add to it, if it can be done.

I discovered the kfcam and forum in 2005, when I was doing a search of PF pictures. It was the year when my daughter moved to La Plata city (close to Buenos Aires) to start her studies on Geophysics. And now she is ending her thesis to graduate!! It seems it was yesterday when I sent my first message one lurkers day...
I believe in the yahoo forum there were members from Australia, so I can only be a princess, at most!! Smiley
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