Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris (Critically Endangered) Zoom In
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Stories in this News in Brief: Search for wintering Slender-billed Curlews; Wetland and Waterbird Monitoring Training in Mozambique
Search for wintering Slender-billed Curlews- Skilled volunteer observers will scour more than 35 countries around theMediterranean,Middle Eastand the Indian subcontinent this winter, in the hope of confirming the continued existence of Critically Endangered Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris. Once abundant around the Mediterraneanin winter, Slender-billed Curlew is one of 47 ‘lost’ bird species that may now be globally extinct. The birds have not been seen at their last known wintering site, inMorocco, since 1995. Through BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinction Programme, the British Birdwatching Fair has provided funds to enable international search teams to travel toMorocco,Tunisia,EgyptandSyria, and to cover the expenses of four national search teams inAlgeria. Swedish BirdLife Partner SOF is funding an international search team toSudan.
The RSPB/Birdfair Small Research Grants Programme is helping fund searches inEgyptandIran. Many other searches are self-funded. If a Slender-billed Curlew is located, a rapid-reaction team will be deployed to fit it with a satellite tag in the hope of tracking it to its breeding grounds. The winter surveys will be followed by coordinated spring searches, with autumn searches of potential moult sites if funding can be raised. Birdwatchers are urged to report any possible sightings, new or old. To download the Slender-billed Curlew Identification leaflet click here (PDF 143KB). To download maps showing all Slender-billed Curlew records since 1900 click here (PDF 400KB). For more information visit the Slender-billed Curlew project website.
Wetland and Waterbird Monitoring Training in Mozambique - A training course to build national capacity in conservation and management of wetlands and waterbirds was recently held in Maputo, Mozambique. The training emphasised the importance of implementing the African Waterbird Census and Important Bird Area (IBA) monitoring schemes in promoting conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds. Participants visited wetland sites, and had hands-on training in the identifying and surveying waterbirds. WOW donated binoculars, field guides and telescopes for future use by the trainees. The training was organised by BirdLife International and Wetlands International - under the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project - in collaboration with the Natural History Museum (of the EduardoMondlaneUniversity). For more information, please click here.
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