FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is Shorebird.org?

Shorebird.org is an on-line citizen science project tracking shorebird sightings using user-submitted digital photos. It allows for users to upload photos of shorebirds, and allow other users to comment and/or help identify the species in the images.

Why don't you list seagulls as a shorebird species?

While seagulls (gulls) frequent the shore, they are considered seabirds and belong to the family Laridae. Shorebirds are members of the order Charadriiformes, which excludes the seabird groups. Having said that, you are still welcome to upload photos of gulls, just select 'Other Bird Species' from the drop-down.

Should I chase shorebirds to get a better photo?

Definitely not! Many shorebirds have traveled incredible distances, and need to rest. Chasing, or, "flushing" birds on the beach unnecessarily disturbs them and requires them to expend energy. If you are at the beach at see dogs or kids chasing shorebirds, help spread the word that it's a no-no. In terms of getting a better photo, your best bet is a long-range lens.

What is the bird in the shorebird.org logo?

It is a Sanderling (Calidris alba).

Are you hiring?

Shorebird.org is not hiring at the moment. We are strictly volunteer at this point.

Can I submit an article to the blog?

Yes! We'd be happy to review article submissions. If you are interested, send us an email at info@shorebird.org.

More Questions?

Is your question still unanswered? Please email us at info@shorebird.org and we'll be happy to answer it for you!