More on Species Champions and Supporters

The following Species Champions and Supporters are providing essential funds to carry out Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation work and are helping to raise awareness of its plight. Read more about what each Species Champion and Supporter is doing to help save Spoony.

Heritage Expeditions is leading an expedition in Russia in 2011 to help locate new existing or potential Spoon-billed Sandpiper breeding sites. One of the most challenging issues faced by conservationists working to save the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper from extinction has been establishing exactly where they breed in the vast coastal areas of the Russian Far East. A new Heritage Expeditions voyage ‘In the Wake of Bering’ will take place in June/July 2011 which will incorporate a dedicated search for breeding Spoon-billed Sandpipers in the previously inaccessible Olyutorsky Bay area. Those customers making this pioneering voyage will split in to small groups and participate in searches for the birds under the supervision and guidance of BirdLife scientists. As this area has never been surveyed before, all species encountered will be carefully recorded and detailed notes will be taken on the suitability of habitat encountered.

WildSounds became the first BirdLife Species Champion for Spoon-billed Sandpiper back in 2008. WildSounds has carried out a number of initiatives to raise awareness and funds for Spoon-billed Sandpiper. For example, WildSounds recently bought 2000 Spoon-billed Sandpiper pin-badges to sell in shops throughout the UK, which they hope will raise in excess of the projected amount of £4000!

The Birdfair – is the Global Sponsor of the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme, and has raised around £740,000 for the program over 3 years. The Birdfair’s amazing contribution over the last three years has enabled BirdLife to establish a global network of Species Guardians, delivering targeted conservation action to the species most in need of it. Over 65 of the world’s rarest birds, including Spoon-billed Sandpiper are benefiting from the Birdfair’s generosity and vision.

The Dutch Birding Association and VBN (BirdLife in the Netherlands) will both contribute financially to expeditions and counts in the non-breeding grounds of Spoon-billed Sandpiper in southern Asia. These efforts will mainly be focussed in Myanmar, the principle non-breeding grounds of the species.

The David & Lucile Packard Foundation aims, in part, to conserve and restore the earth’s natural systems. The foundation recently awarded BirdLife International a grant for a two–year project to protect Spoon-billed Sandpiper in its breeding grounds of north-eastern Russia and more widely in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

Disney Friends for Change has recently awarded a grant to BirdLife’s project ‘Saving Spoony’s Chinese Wetlands’, which aims to strengthen the protection of the two most important wetlands in eastern China for migrating Spoon-billed Sandpipers by raising awareness of the species and the threats that it faces amongst local communities. It will be run by BirdLife’s China Programme, a joint initiative of Hong Kong Birdwatching Society and the BirdLife Asia Division, the Wild Bird Society of Shanghai and Fujian Bird Watching Society.

The CMS Secretariat supported the preparation and publication of an International Single Species Action Plan for Spoon-billed Sandpiper, a blueprint for the conservation actions that are required for the species. In addition to this, in 2010, the CMS Secretariat funded a project in Myanmar, the Spoon-billed Sandpipers main non-breeding grounds, to provide alternative livelihoods for shorebird trappers.

Save Our Species is a joint initiative of the Global Environment Facility, IUCN and the
World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure the long-term survival and well being of threatened species and their critical habitats for biodiversity conservation.

The BBC Wildlife Fund has awarded a grant to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust carry out conservation work on the Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the Bay of Martaban, Myanmar. The work will focus primarily on reducing hunting of Spoon-billed Sandpiper and providing alternative livelihoods to people that rely on hunting. The project will also be assisted by the Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association, the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology and ArcCona Consulting.

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