Conservation Matters: Shorebirds, The World's Greatest Travelers

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February 27 @ 3PM, The Sandcastle


Shorebirds undertake some of the world’s most incredible migrations, with nonstop flights that can last longer than a week and span continents. Many shorebird populations also happen to be rapidly declining! Learn how shorebirds are able to undertake their incredible migrations, and how these capabilities may make them susceptible to the effects of human-driven environmental change. In the process, Nathan Senner will also discuss shorebird migration along the coast of South Carolina and how local conservation activities can have big results.

After earning a B.A. from Carleton College, Nathan Senner was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to follow Hudsonian Godwits on their annual migration from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America and back. He continued this research while pursuing his PhD at Cornell University with Dr. John Fitzpatrick. From there, he traveled across the Atlantic for a postdoc with Dr. Theunis Piersma at the University of Groningen studying the high-flying migrations of Blacktailed Godwits. Nathan is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina where his lab investigates how shorebird populations are able to respond to human-related environmental changes.

This program is sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy and Kiawah Island Community Association.