Waterbirds is a term given to birds that live in and around water environments. Theses birds are often classified into categories of wading birds, seabirds, waterfowl, and shorebirds. Clean water environments are critical to the health of these birds. A group called the Waterbird Society is an international scientific, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and conservation of waterbirds. This society was created to establish better communication and coordination between the growing number of people studying and monitoring aquatic birds, and to contribute to the protection and management of stressed populations or habitats of these species.