Waterbirds face an array of human induced threats including draining of wetlands, contamination of food supplies, mortality from oil spills, introduction of mammalian predators on nesting islands, and conflicts with aquaculture. Many of these issues have been summarized for the Americas in bird plans for shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds and seabirds.
The Waterbird Society has played an important role in the development of conservation plans for the Americas by providing a venue for discussion and a means to bring together groups of like-minded individuals from many countries. The Conservation Committee also promotes conservation decisions when based on scientific study. The Waterbird Society encourages scientists and managers to take advantage of our meetings to review information and formulate conservation plans through scientific discussion. Please contact the Chair of the Conservation Committee or the Vice-President.