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Monday, March 9, Public Program

2015/03/01

Monday, March 9- The Importance of The Bahamas to North American Shorebirds, Matt Jeffery, Deputy Director. International Alliances Program, National Audubon Society with collaborators Walker Golder, 2 - Matt JeffreyAudubon North Carolina and Predensa Moore, the Bahamas National Trust Many North American shorebirds make extraordinary migrations from beding areas in the middle and northern latitudes to southern wintering areas. These long distance migrations are energetically expensive and shorebirds often arrive at stopover or wintering sites with depleted fat reserves and in need of high quality food and foraging habitat. During the past 4 years, the National Audubon Society, Bahamas National Trust, and other partner organizations have identified sites across The Bahamas that support significant concentrations of shorebirds during migration and winter including large concentrations of the endangered piping plover. This work has added important new information to our understanding of the importance of The Bahamas to non-breeding shorebirds. This information is very important to developing and implementing successful conservation strategies. 

Matt has been with Audubon since 2006 when he came on board to support Audubon’s Education and International Alliances work. He was quickly promoted into a management role for Audubon’s international conservation programs, working with a number of countries, including Mexico, Panama, Belize, Bahamas, Argentina and Paraguay. Matt is especially focused on protecting Important Bird Areas in Latin America and the Caribbean for Neotropical migrant bird populations. As the stepson of an animal keeper in the UK, Matt worked with animals since he was a boy. His more than 15 years of international conservation experience includes several years in Southeast Asia where his commitment to conservation took shape while he was living and working in Thailand and Cambodia. While there he helped advance a variety of conservation projects including the establishment of a 1 million acre forest reserve in the Cardamom Mountains, with Conservation International. Matt has his BSc. Degree from Kings College, University of London.

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