Celebrate Delaware Bay is honored to have student artwork included in a beautiful and inspirational quilt that will travel North America. 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 a way to foster awareness about shorebird conservation. 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.