Mudflat Meals!

Watch this fun puppet show about how shorebirds get the food they need.

This puppet show was created for the Shorebird Education program in 2013.

adaptations

Estuaries are teeming with life even in the most unexpected places. Some mudflats are estimated to contain as many as 40,000 organisms per cubic inch of mud! Shorebirds have adapted over thousands of years to eat specific foods. Each beak can reach a different depth in the mud. This adaptation helps to ensure that there is no competition over food sources between species. This is why you can often see a mixed flock of birds all eating together on the mud flat. As the old saying goes, "When the tide is out, the table is set."
Red Knot Searching

Here's a really close photo of a little crustacean. The scientific name of this little guy is Diastylis leavis. They are usually small but can grow up to 11mm long. (That's almost half an inch.) Diastylis leavis