A beautiful quilt is traveling North America to foster shorebird awareness and inspire action. Celebrate Delaware Bay is honored to have student artwork from five schools included in this quilt. Twelve communities and 23 partner organizations across North America engaged youth to create artwork to be included in this shorebird friendship quilt. The quilt will travel across Canada, Mexico, and the United States to be displayed in participating communities, as well as other sites with critical shorebird habitat. The seven sites that are represented include the Copper River Delta (Alaska), Willapa Bay (Washington), Bahía de Todos Santos (Baja California), James Bay (Ontario), Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia), Delaware Bay (Delaware and New Jersey), and Georgia Coast (Georgia).
The quilt was pieced together by the Peninsula Quilt Guild in Long Beach, Washington, near the Willapa Bay and Long Beach Peninsula WHSRN site. The quilt is part of a larger North American project under the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI), led by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The CEC AMBI project is working to identify and designate important sites for Red Knot and Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla), and to engage the communities at these sites in Arctic-nesting shorebird conservation. CEC is a tri-national organization dedicated to the protection, conservation, and enhancement of North America’s environment.
This quilt will be on display at the Lower Cape Public Library for the whole month of April.