The Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) is a small shorebird that migrates up to 10,000 miles in the course of a single year. Remarkably, it is small enough to fit in your hand and weighs about as much as a slice of bread.
Semipalmated Sandpipers, like most other shorebirds, depend on wetland areas throughout their lives. They breed in Arctic wet sedge or heath tundra, make stopovers at coastal and inland wetlands, and spend their winters along sandy beaches, intertidal flats and salt marshes in Central and South America.
Julie Beane is a program manager for Manomet's Sustainable Economies Program. She coordinates the Small Business Sustainability Benchmarking Tool, a web-based tool and resource toolkit that allows businesses to measure their financial, social and environmental practices and make improvements over time. As a small business owner herself, she understands the challenges of running a business and the importance of making it easy and worthwhile for business owners to adopt new practices.