Deveaux Bank: Reflections of a Cultural Ornithologist

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In May 2019, a biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources made a monumental discovery: 20,000 Whimbrel (a threatened and rapidly declining migratory shorebird) roosting together in a single flock on Deveaux Bank: a treeless sandbar 20 miles south of Charleston. This spectacle—a flock representing half of the species’ entire Atlantic Flyway population—was hiding in plain sight, gathered each night during Spring migration. Dr. J. Drew Lanham gives his perspective on this monumental discovery.

  • Directed & Produced by:

  • Andy Johnson and Tom Swartwout

  • Produced by: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

  • Duration: 10 minutes

  • Finalist Category: Short

  • Unites States

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