'Ecological demographic studies' to provide the empirical underpinning of shorebird population restoration strategies

Piersma, T. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk and presentationProfessional or public event Professional


As food-specialists and as an otherwise demanding sort of animals, shorebirds tend to occur in particular habitats, few and far between. At temperate and tropical latitudes, habitats selected by shorebirds, for various
reasons, also attract people and their activities, and this can be bad news. The reliance of shorebirds on particular, and usually shrinking, wet habitats makes them vulnerable, but would also seem to make it easy for targeted
benign management practices to chance declines into increases. To do so in an increasingly man-made world we of course need political will, but we also need the necessary knowledge to do the right thing. Over the last
few decades we, a world-wide consortium which now goes under the name of Global Flyway Network, have tried our curiosity-driven efforts to ecologically and evolutionary understand the population dynamics of long distance migratory shorebirds, to apply to the problems and opportunities they face. I will review how ecologically informed demographic studies can help identify population bottlenecks. Such demographic studies actually
are a multi-edged sword: the discovery trails keeps people interested and motivated, it leads to basic scientific discoveries (and a research agenda that attracts science-funding), whilst also yielding management suggestions
and providing a tool to monitor the results of restorative actions.
Event title7th Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting: null
Event typeConference
LocationParacas, Peru
Degree of RecognitionInternational