5th Meeting of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Announced

Written by Meredith Gutowski/WHSRN

Editor’s note: It is our pleasure to distribute the following announcement and invitation from our partner, Asociación Calidris.

Meeting V of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group (WHSG) will be held in the Caribbean city of Santa Marta, Colombia, from 17 – 21 September 2013. The purpose of the meeting is to provide a platform for those interested in shorebirds to share their advances in research and conservation projects and to join collaborative initiatives trough the Western Hemisphere.

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Western Sandpipers (Calidris mauri) at Delta del Río Iscuandé WHSRN Site, Colombia. Courtesy of Asociación Calidris

We look forward to the participation of students, scientists, government agencies, academics and members of NGOs in the Western Hemisphere who can bring their experience and contribute to the knowledge and conservation of shorebirds. We seek governments, organizations, companies, and individuals who want to support the overall organization of the event and international travel for students and Latin American professionals.

Details about the meeting, including logistics, call for abstracts and symposia, and support for international travel will be soon available on the website of Asociación Calidris. Questions about the overall planning of the meeting may be directed to: Richard Johnston and Carlos José Ruiz. For general information about the event, please contact theCommunications staff.

Mark your calendars now!

The City of Santa Marta and Tayrona National Park are among the top ten destinations in 2012 selected by National Geographic Travel Magazine.

Editor’s note: On the northern Pacific coast of Colombia is the country’s first WHSRN Site, the Delta del Río Iscuandé, part of the impressive 89,000-hectare Sanquianga National Park.

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