Buff-breasted Sandpiper

AMBI Americas Flyway

In the Americas Flyway, AMBI works with partners to address priority conservation issues including:

  • the underlying threats that contribute to loss or degradation of habitats, such as the expansion of white geese on tundra habitats, human-caused disturbances in coastal development, unsustainable hunting and plastic pollution.
  • climate change, affecting shorebird productivity in the Arctic, and the habitat quality and quantity throughout the flyway.

AMBI has identified 7 objectives and 15 actions in the flyway work plan.

AMBI Americas Flyway Priority Species

AMBI Americas Flyway Work Plan 2019-2025

Theme 1: Evaluate impacts of overabundant geese populations on Arctic shorebird habitat and implement appropriate mitigation measures

Objective 1: Understand the expansion of white geese populations in Arctic shorebird habitat

Action 1: Understand impacts of populations of white geese on other bird species in western Canada

Action 2: Understand trends in the populations of white geese in Alaska and their impacts on shorebird breeding habitats


Objective 2: Mitigate effects of over-abundant white geese populations on shorebird habitat

Action 1: Implement management actions resulting from study of white geese impacts in Canada (undertaken as part of AMBI Phase 1).


Objective 3: Ensure Indigenous Knowledge is incorporated into white geese impacts research and mitigation measures

Action 1: Continue to include Indigenous Knowledge in future work through co-development of management priorities for western geese.


Theme 2: Identification of climate resilient shorebird breeding and wintering habitat

Objective 4: Determine climate change resilient areas of shorebird habitat and promote their protection

Action 1: Carry out an analysis of the resilience of shorebird wintering habitat to climate change.

Action 2: Promote protection of climate change resilient shorebird breeding, wintering and migration habitats.


Theme 3: Reduce shorebird habitat impairment from human intrusions, disturbances, destruction and degradation

Objective 5: Mitigate habitat impairment from human intrusions and disturbances

Action 1: Support efforts to develop policies and legislation to ensure the sustainability of legal hunting of shorebirds in North and South America

Action 2: Promote studies that assess the prevalence and impacts of plastic contamination in shorebird populations in the Arctic

Action 3: Work with communities and governments to assess and identify critical threats for priority species on designated WHSRN and IBA sites


Objective 6: Mitigate habitat impairment from destruction and degradation of coastal habitats and productive landscapes

Action 1: Evaluate the impacts of habitat loss and degradation from agriculture, aquaculture, renewable energy production and tourism development on shorebirds and their habitats in Latin America

Action 2: Ensure mitigation measures are incorporated into development decisions

Action 3: Designate important sites under appropriate international conservation frameworks (e.g. Ramsar Convention, WHSRN, World Heritage)

Action 4: Work with communities and governments to protect important sites


Theme 4: Flyway Planning and Implementation

Objective 7: Contribute to the implementation and development of regional flyway initiatives

Action 1: Promote and support the implementation of regional strategies and flyway initiatives

Action 2: Encourage/coordinate the development of an American Mid-continental Flyway strategy