Georgia's Barrier Islands Designated 100th Landscape of Hemispheric Importance by Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
This is great news for the Georgia Coast and Atlanta Audubon was pleased to be one of the many conservation organizations speaking out in support of this designation
The Georgia Barrier Islands WHSRN Landscape was designated due to its supporting more than 30% of the biogeographic population of rufa Red Knot and the Great Lakes breeding population of Piping Plover. Based on a band resighting study, the stopover population of rufa Red Knot on southward migration has been estimated at 23,400 birds, while up to 13,775 birds have been documented using the area during northbound migration. The area also holds more than 10% of the biogeographic populations of American Oystercatcher, Short-billed Dowitcher, and Black-bellied Plover. Other noteworthy attributes include one of the largest spring gatherings of Whimbrel in North America, and impressive numbers of wintering shorebirds of many species.
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