Sunday, September 7, 2014

Whimbrel

Whimbrel bill by Nathan Dubrow


During the breeding season, Whimbrels take advantage of a wide range of 
habitats including scrub land and tundra.

They prefer marshes and grasslands during migration.

Whimbrels face a many challenges, from habitat loss to environmental 
contaminants.  Their widespread population
is declining around the country.  Whimbrels need protected areas where 
they can breed and feed without being
disturbed.

The Whimbrel's genus name--Numenius--means "of the new moon," which 
describes the Whimbrel's slender, crescent
moon of a bill.

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