The Shorebird Research Group of the
Americas (SRGA) is
a consortium of researchers from academia, government,
non-government organizations, and the public interested in
the biology and conservation of shorebirds in the Americas.
Our purpose is to encourage collaborative working groups,
provide communication between individuals and groups, and to
be a clearing house for emerging ideas and issues related to
shorebirds. The SRGA is the official research advisory group
to several shorebird conservation initiatives in the Americas. We
communicate mostly through e-mail and this web site as well
as through periodic meetings mostly in conjunction with meetings of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group. The Shorebird Research Group is open to anyone who
shares our interests and would like to participate.
Click here for Terms of Reference
SRGA activities are organized by a Council of representatives from Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, Central America and the
Caribbean, Northern South America, and the Southern Cone, and
the Council is coordinated by a Chair. The Council's process and
responsibilities are described in the Terms of Reference. We also have an Implementation Committee, which includes the Council and additional participants who have agreed to take on specific tasks.
For 2009 - 2011
Chair: Dr. Stephen Brown
Canada: Garry Donaldson
USA: Dr. Stephen Brown
Dr. Guillermo Fernandez
Northern South America: Open
Southern Cone: Open
The Implementation Committee is open to anyone interested in helping advance the projects SRGA is working on. Current participants include Garry Donaldson, Guillermo Fernandez, Andrea Pomeroy, Audrey Taylor, Rob Butler, Rick Lanctot, and Stephen Brown.
Reported declines of many species of shorebirds across wide
geographic areas in the
2000 suggested that one or a few causes might be at work
(Morrison et al. 2001). Meetings were called in Quebec City,
Canada, in Lacrosse, USA, and in Cuiaba, Brazil in
conjunction with the
Waterbird Society to develop hypotheses that might
explain these declines. In 2003, the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan Council voted to support the formation of a group focused on shorebird research throughout the hemisphere. In 2004, a proposal to establish the
SRGA was adopted by a group of shorebird professionals meeting in conjunction with the Pacific Seabird Group
in Portland, USA. A committee was formed to establish the
Terms of Reference. These Terms of Reference were discussed
and adopted at a session at the Western Hemisphere Shorebird
Group conference held in Boulder, Colorado in 2005.
SRGA Terms of Reference