The Canadian Shorebird Conservation Plan (CSCP) and the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Partnership collaborate internationally as well as regionally to protect healthy populations of shorebirds and their habitats across Canada and throughout their global range.

Under the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative is an international project designed to protect Arctic lifestyles and peoples by conserving migratory birds, primarily shorebirds and seabirds, in the Arctic.

Government agencies, conservation organizations, academics and shorebird experts have developed flyway-based conservation business plans. These include plans developed for the Atlantic and Pacific flyways to strengthen the delivery of conservation actions by identifying key threats and implementation measures to address them.

In addition to planning, shorebirds benefit from conservation through the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN)—a system of key nesting, stopover and wintering sites that sustain healthy populations of shorebirds. Today, WHSRN site partners are conserving more than 100 sites of shorebird habitat in 15 countries. Along with site conservation, the WHSRN partnership:

  • develops science and management tools that expand the scope and pace of habitat conservation at each site
  • establishes recognition for sites and landscapes, raising public awareness and generating conservation funding opportunities
  • serves as a convener and strategist for issues related to shorebird and habitat conservation

To access species assessment information, go to the expanded Avian Conservation Assessment Database. With the support of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Partners in Flight recently expanded its Species Assessment tool to encompass all birds of North America.