Intermountain West Regional Shorebird Plan

The Intermountain West Region (IMW) and its six constituent Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs) include a vast inland area from the Rocky Mountains to the Sierras/Cascades and from Canada to Mexico.  The area is the annual home of approximately a million breeding shorebirds and several million transients.  Most of North America’s Snowy Plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus), American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana), Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus), and Long-billed Curlews (Numenius americanus) breed in the IMW.  Huge numbers of transients, including up to 90% of the world’s adult Wilson’s Phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor), and very large numbers of Red-necked Phalaropes (P. lobatus), Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus), Western Sandpipers (Calidris mauri) and Marbled Godwits (Limosa fedoa) use the IMW wetlands.  The majority of the world’s Mountain Plovers (Eupoda montana) winter in the southern parts of the IMW.  This IMW report describes the ubiquitous and diverse shorebird resources of the region and the beginnings of a plan designed to maintain these resources for the 21st century and beyond.  The plan describes management, research, monitoring, outreach and planning activities planned for the next five years.

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Oring, Lewis; Neel, Larry; Oring, Kay