BirdLife: The Magazine September 2017 - Page 14

GOING SOUTH WINGS OVER AMERICA During migration, many shorebirds opt to hug the United States’ Atlantic coastline, which is rich with productive ecosystems, but densely-populated with humans. Others prefer a direct oceanic crossing, from Labrador and Nova Scotia to South America via the eastern Caribbean islands. Neither route comes without peril... UNITED STATES WHERE 3 The Florida Everglades BIRDLIFE PARTNER 3 Audubon Society Photo Jayne Romrodphoto/Shutterstock WHAT’S HAPPENING? These vast tropical wetlands are an important refuelling spot for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds, who arrive in huge numbers to feast on the Everglades’ invertebrates. But this once-plentiful food supply is gradually drying up as drainage and development is, to paraphrase a popular line from US politics, “draining the swamp”. WHAT ARE WE DOING? Our US Partner Audubon is the only conservation organisation work- ing throughout the Everglades. Through tireless policy and advocacy work, Audubon of Florida was instrumental in the formation of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. They have also helped shape federal and state