Learn more about the organizations that have teamed up to create the American Oystercatcher Tracking Project.
Audubon North Carolina
As the state office of the National Audubon Society, Audubon North Carolina works to protect birds and their habitats through stewardship, research, education, outreach, and advocacy. For more than 20 years, its Coast Program has protected over a third of the state’s nesting waterbirds, including such iconic species as the American Oystercatcher, Brown Pelican, and Great Egret. Its role in the project is to carry out the tracking of the six oystercatchers and communicate their stories to the world.
Together Green is a groundbreaking partnership between the National Audubon Society and Toyota created to meet the conservation needs of the present while investing in the future. The program provides fellowships to build tomorrow’s conservation leaders and innovation grants to foster cutting-edge projects that engage new audiences in conservation action. A Together Green innovation grant provided funding for the tracking project, and its team provides workshops, mentoring and support for grantees throughout the project’s life.
North Carolina State University
Dr. Ted Simons of the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at North Carolina State University and his students have been partners in oystercatcher conservation for many years, and are collaborating on the tracking project as well. Dr. Simons is working on the capture of the oystercatchers and attachment of the satellite transmitters.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1984 to support conservation efforts throughout the United States. It works with public and private partners to provide competitive grants aimed at protecting and restoring our nation’s fish and wildlife species and the habitats they need to survive. Its American Oystercatcher Conservation Program was developed in 2008 to increase the Atlantic and Gulf Coast population of American Oystercatchers by 30 percent over the next 10 years. It provides financial support for oystercatcher conservation in North Carolina, including the tracking project.