|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.