Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica Scientific name definitions

Brad M. Walker, Nathan R. Senner, Chris S. Elphick, and Joanna Klima
Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020
Text last updated October 21, 2011

About the Author(s)


Chris Elphick received a BSc from the University of East Anglia and a PhD from the University of Nevada Reno. He has been at the University of Connecticut since 1998, where he is a faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His work focuses on the conservation ecology of birds, especially in wetlands, farmland, and forests. He has studied coastal marsh birds since 2002 and is a lead investigator for the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program, a collaborative initiative to improve understanding and conservation of this group along the Atlantic seaboard. Book length projects include the Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior, the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Nevada, and the Ecology and Conservation of Birds in Rice Fields: A Global Review. E-mail: chris.elphick@uconn.edu.

Joanna Klima is a native of Poland, where she graduated from Warsaw University. Since 1984, she has been taking part in ornithological research projects, both in Europe and in the U.S. She has studied passerines and raptors, but her main interest is shorebirds. Her primary research interests include behavior, population dynamics, and reproductive ecology, with special focus on Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Hudsonian Godwit, and American Golden-Plover. She is currently studying dynamics and demography of American Golden-Plovers at Churchill, Manitoba. Current address: 210 Cypress St., #1, Rochester, NY 14620-2304. E-mail: skulski@frontiernet.net.

Brad M. Walker is a graduate of Cornell University, with a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Since graduation, he has worked several field seasons studying the breeding ecology of Hudsonian Godwits in Churchill, MB and has spent time studying Green-rumped Parrotlets in the llanos of Venezuela. He has been an avid birder since he was 13. E-mail: .

Nathan R. Senner is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  He has been working with shorebirds in Arctic Alaska and Canada for the past 15 years and has been studying Hudsonian Godwit biology for the past eight years.  During that time, his work has taken him to nearly every corner of the Western Hemisphere in pursuit of knowledge about godwits and their amazing migrations.  Outside of work, Nathan is an avid runner and marathoner who, nonetheless, remains in awe of the feats migratory birds are able to accomplish. Email: .

Recommended Citation

Walker, B. M., N. R. Senner, C. S. Elphick, and J. Klima (2020). Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.hudgod.01