[CT Birds] shorebird hunting in Carribean
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Thu Sep 15 15:40:53 EDT 2011
Unfortunately, this problem is also widespread throughout Central and South America. Here is some information from The Birds Of North America Online..
The hunting of sandpipers, both legal and illegal, still exists in n. South America (A.L. Spaans, pers. comm.), and maintenance of populations is further compromised by destruction or manipulation of coastal and inland wetlands as well as by environmental contaminants (Senner and Howe 1984, Hung and Chmura, 2006, Braune and Noble, 2009). However, the greater importance of coastal habitats to these birds during winter and migration, and the low concentrations of organochlorides and mercury in Semipalmated carcasses (Braune and Noble 2009), suggest that legal and illegal hunting plays a predominant role in declining population sizes in this species.
Whimbrel is still hunted for food in parts of South America (e.g., Vermeer and Castilla 1991).
Shorebird hunting declined throughout North America after passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1927. As recently as 1991, however, several thousand Lesser Yellowlegs were still being shot annually for sport in Barbados (Hutt 1991). A few birds were shot illegally each fall (1976–1989) at a site in British Columbia (C. Siddle in litt.). Several recent observations in Alaska and British Columbia of crippled birds or birds missing feet and legs (TLT, C. Siddle in litt.); unclear if attributable to hunting, but decades ago in Argentina, Wetmore (1927) concluded that Lesser Yellowlegs with broken and missing legs were hunting casualties
However, hunting of American Golden-Plover still occurs in Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Barbados (Hutt 1991, Canevari and Blanco 1994
Another great organization that is working hard south-of-the-border is The American Bird Conservancy.
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