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Delaware Bay:

A Site of Hemispheric Importance


Celebrating Delaware Bay:

A Site of Hemispheric Importance

Today we celebrate the visionary biologists, citizens, and

political leaders who came together 25 years ago to recognize

Delaware Bay as a Site of Hemispheric Importance for migrating

shorebirds, marking the beginning of the Western Hemisphere

Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN). Since then, this voluntary,

international, conservation endeavor recognizing important

breeding, stopover, and wintering areas for shorebirds has grown

steadily. Today this network includes 84 sites in 13 countries

spanning the entire hemisphere from the Canadian Arctic to the

southern tip of South America.

No single country can shoulder the responsibility for ensuring the

survival of these birds. Strong partnerships like those represented

here today are needed for bringing science, communities, and

organizations together to support sustainable resource use and

reverse shorebird population declines. On this special anniversary

we also recognize the increasingly complex challenges before us,

and recommit to conserving the treasured creatures and places

whose destiny is so inextricably linked with ours.

Thank you for sharing this extraordinary event with us, and for your

continued friendship and support!

With best wishes,

Charles Duncan, Ph.D.

Director, WHSRN Executive Office

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences


Celebrating Delaware Bay!

A “Site of Hemispheric Importance”

Monday, May 9, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

Bayshore Discovery Project

Bivalve, Port Norris, New Jersey

Event Agenda

2:00 p.m. Registration

2:15 p.m. Speakers

3:30 p.m. Reception

5:30 p.m. Event Concludes

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Optional:

Sail on the tall ship A.J. Meerwald

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Limited space, by registration only

Welcome Remarks, 2:15 p.m.

Charles D. Duncan, Ph.D.

Director, Executive Office of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird

Reserve Network at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Hon. Frank A. LoBiondo

U.S. Congressman

New Jersey’s 2nd District


Speakers, 2:25 p.m.

Phillip M. Hoose

Conservationist and National Book Award winner.

Author of forthcoming book for young readers:

B-95: A Year in the Life of the Moonbird

Mike Hudson

Founder, Friends of the Red Knot

Lic. Patricia González

Wetlands Coordinator

Fundación Inalafquen

Pete Dunne

Chief Communications Officer

New Jersey Audubon Society

Lillian Trapper

Land Use Plan Coordinator, Lands & Resources

Moose Cree First Nation

Rodrigo Azócar (presentation by video)

General Manager, ENAP

Chilean National Petroleum Company

Larry Niles, Ph.D.

Chief Biologist, Conserve Wildlife Foundation and former chief of

the New Jersey Endangered Species Program

Keynote Speaker, 3:15 p.m.

Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

Conservationist and 74th Secretary of the U.S. Treasury


WHSRN Pioneers

WE ARE HONORED TO BE JOINED BY…

George Finney

Bird Studies Canada

Patricia González

Fundación Inalafquen, Argentina

Brian A. Harrington

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Pete McLain

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, retired

R.I. Guy Morrison

Environment Canada

J.P. “Pete” Myers

Environmental Health Network

…AND WISH TO RECOGNIZE…

Paulo Antas, Brazil

Daniel Blanco, Argentina

Enrique Bucher, Argentina

Gonzalo Castro, USA

Peter Hicklin, Canada

Linda Leddy, USA

Thomas Lovejoy, USA

Luís Germán Naranjo, Colombia

Inês de Lima Serrano, Brazil

Julie Sibbing, USA

Peter Stangel, USA


Hosting Organizations


Special Acknowledgement

Bivalve Packing Company

Cohansey Area River Preservation

Cumberland County College

U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service

Natural Lands Trust

New Jersey Conservation Foundation

New Jersey Natural Lands Trust

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Shoot the Moon Productions

South Jersey Land and Water Trust

Stackpole Books

Clay and Pat Sutton

Members and Volunteers from the

Bayshore Discovery Project and

Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River

and Its Tributaries, Inc.

Past and Present Meet on the Same Track

at Bayshore Discovery Project

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1904 Bivalve Shipping

Sheds and Wharves were constructed by the Central Railroad Company to

serve as the hub for the incredibly prosperous Maurice River Cove oyster

industry. They once saw more than 80

train cars a day loaded with oysters

leaving Bivalve for markets north

and west. Restored by Bayshore

Discovery Project, the Sheds are

once again a hub for bayshore

activity—providing a ‘portal of

discovery’ for residents and visitors to

experience the many vibrant stories

of the Bay and its people.


An Amazing Journey

The Red Knot makes one of the longest, most amazing journeys

of any animal. Each spring and fall, the Red Knot flies some 9,300

miles each way between

breeding grounds in the

Canadian Arctic and wintering

grounds at the southern tip of

South America. At this rate, by

the time a Red Knot reaches

its 14th birthday, it’s flown the

same distance as the earth to

the moon! Last year, a knot

flew more than 5,000 miles

non-stop from southern Brazil

to North Carolina, USA.

© Kevin Karlson

An Intertwined Fate

During the full and new moon events in May and June, thousands

of horseshoe crabs come ashore to spawn in Delaware Bay. It is

also during this time that several species of migrating shorebirds

descend upon the beaches to rest and feed on horseshoe crab

eggs before continuing

on to their breeding

grounds. This interaction

between horseshoe

crabs and shorebirds is

a unique and defining

characteristic of Delaware

Bay, a site in the Western

Hemisphere Shorebird

Reserve Network.

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