The American Oystercatcher Working Group will hold its 17th annual meeting on Sapelo Island, Georgia! This large barrier island is located mid-way between Savannah GA and Jacksonville FL. There is a ferry to get us to the island where we will meet at facilities operated by the University of Georgia Marine Institute. The island is a wonderful place with a rich history, boasting the extant Geechee community of Hog Hammock, an historic mansion operated by Georgia State Parks, and much more!
Follow this link to learn more about the meeting and to register!
The American Oystercatcher Special Issue of Waterbirds is finally here!!! This Special Issue of the journal contains articles published from work that was presented at the Waterbird Society Meeting’s Oystercatcher Symposium in 2015. Many thanks to all of the contributors and especially to our editors from the AMOY Working Group: Pam Denmon, Felcia Sanders, and Ted Simons, and Waterbirds editor: Stephanie Jones for all of their hard work!
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What do American Oystercatcher managers and scientists do for fun when they get together? Look for banded American Oystercatchers of course! In November, this year’s working group meeting in Wachapreague, Virginia, members came across a juvenile that had been banded in New York this summer (Orange YCK). She’ll face a lot of challenges before she becomes a breeding adult, but we’re glad she’s made it this far! Additionally, we found Black P7, an adult that was originally banded in the very same lagoon in which we spotted him in 2010. He’s never been spotted further south than Charleston, SC and has been repeatedly spotted in the same area of Virginia into late fall. This pattern is typical of oystercatchers on the East Coast of the United States, with those individuals originally hatched in areas further north head south during the winter, while some of those from further south stay close to home all year.
Have you seen a banded American Oystercatcher? Report it here!