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Update from the 2012 Spoon-billed Sandpiper expedition to Chukotka

The last relatively large breeding population of Spoon-billed Sandpiper is found around the village of Meinypil’gyno, in Chukotka in north-east Russia. BirdsRussia established a monitoring area there in 2003, when over 60 pairs were recorded. Since then the populations at … Continue reading

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Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Bangladesh

The highest count of Spoon-billed Sandpiper anywhere in the world was made during a survey in Bangladesh in 1989, when 202 birds were seen on Moulevir Char and 55 on Char Piya, two islands in the Padma-Meghna delta. Since then … Continue reading

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper exhibition opens in the Russian Arctic

An exhibition called “Saving Spoon-billed Sandpiper” opened on 8th October 2012 in Anadyr, the main town in Chukotka region in the far north-east of Russia. The opening ceremony was attended by many influential local people and organisations, including the Governor … Continue reading

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Conserving the wintering Spoon-billed Sandpipers at the Min Jiang estuary in south-east China

The Min Jiang estuary is located on the outskirts of Fuzhou, a large coastal city in Fujian Province, south-east China. On the southern side of the estuary is a 5 km long shoal of sand- and mudflats, which is an … Continue reading

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East Asian Flyway coastal wetlands face an ecological crisis

The rapid decline in the numbers of Spoon-billed Sandpiper is a reflection of an ecological crisis along the coast of East Asia. In 2011, the IUCN Species Survival Commission and IUCN Asia Regional Office commissioned an independent report to assess … Continue reading

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Schoolgirl helps to raise awareness of Spoony in China

Every year the entire global population of Spoon-billed Sandpiper travels through China on its north- and southwards migrations.  However, most of the millions of people who live in eastern China are unaware that this small wader, which is on the … Continue reading

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Key information on Spoon-billed Sandpiper and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway

Spoon-billed Sandpiper has a naturally limited breeding range in north-east Russia, and migrates down the East Asian-Australasian Flyway to its main wintering grounds in Myanmar and Bangladesh.  The main threats to the species are habitat loss and hunting outside the … Continue reading

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YouTube video on the Bangladesh Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Project

Myanmar and Bangladesh support the largest non-breeding populations of Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the world. The Bangladesh Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Project has been working since 2009 to conserve and conduct research on the population that winters along the coast of Bangladesh, … Continue reading

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Targeting hunters to save Spoon-billed Sandpiper

It is estimated that at least 220 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, about half the global population, winter in Myanmar’s Gulf of Martaban. “Although not specifically targeted, Spoon-billed Sandpiper is regularly caught in nets that are set to catch other waders for food. … Continue reading

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Podcast with Christoph Zockler

A conversation with Dr Christoph Zockler of ArcCona Consulting and co-ordinator of the EAAFP Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force. Christoph talks about the conservation breeding programme, the work he’s done halting hunting of Spoon-billed Sandpipers on the wintering grounds, the threat … Continue reading

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