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Miscellaneous Shorebird Info

    Birders often consider shorebirds one of the toughest groups to identify. Many species, especially the peeps, are very similar in appearance and present identification challenges for the novice to the expert birder. Many birding organizations, both State and local, offer field trips, workshops and other educational opportunities to assist those interested in finding more shorebirds, photographing them, or simply becoming better at identifying the look-alike species. The American Birding Association is possibly the most recognized birding organization in North America for citizen-science birders most interested in migration chronology, population ecology, breeding success, as well as life lists, Big Days, birding festivals, etc.

    In some countries shorebirds provide food for survival. Many species are considered game species in North America such as the American woodcock and Wilson's snipe. North American hunters used to take many other shorebird species during recreational hunts and used decoys similar to today's waterfowl hunter. Carving shorebird decoys is a popular hobby.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Shorebird Sister Schools Program offers opportunities for educators to introduce school children to the life history of shorebirds, their migration routes, important habitats and other interesting facts of the family.

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