Chris Collins on Chukotka and Spoon-billed Sandpipers

A conversation with Chris Collins, a highly-experienced guide with Heritage Expeditions, the New Zealand-based ecotourism company that became a BirdLife Species Champion for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper in August last year. Chris has just returned from Chukotka, north-eastern Russia, as part of a large team of people who are involved in a remarkable project to discover new breeding populations of this iconic and rapidly declining shorebird.

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Spoon-billed chicks hatch

Spoon-billed Sandpiper chick (Martin McGill)

The first Spoon-billed Sandpiper to hatch in captivity in the world  was always going to be a spectacular sight, but when a BirdLife Species Champion Heritage Expeditions boat docked in Anadyr, Russia, not one, not two, but an incredible 17 tiny, hatched Spoon-billed Sandpiper chicks emerged. Continue reading

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BirdLife Species Champions strike gold in Chukotka

Spoon-billed Sandpiper (James Gilroy)

Heritage Expeditions – a BirdLife Species Champion supporting Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation through the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme – struck gold this week when they, and the passengers they have taken to the Russian Far East, helped discover a previously unknown breeding population of these rapidly declining waders. Continue reading

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Captive breeding gets underway

James Gilroy; Spoon-billed Sandpiper in breeding plumage

An international team of conservationists is on an emergency mission to help save one of the world’s rarest birds from extinction. Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus is a remarkable bird, but its shocking drop in numbers indicates likely extinction within a decade if urgent action is not taken. Continue reading

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper podcast


In this podcast Charlie Moores from www.talking-naturally.co.uk talks with Jim Lawrence, Manager of BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions Programme, Chris Collins, a highly-experienced Leader with Heritage Expeditions, and Dr Zockler about Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation. Continue reading

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New eco-tourism initiative benefits Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation


Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation has received a vital boost from BirdLife Species Champion and award-winning expedition travel company Heritage Expeditions. Continue reading

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Oversummering Spoon-billed Sandpiper discovered in Thailand


Photos confirming the first record of the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper oversummering in its wintering grounds in Thailand has been made.
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Spoony wins hearts and votes from Disney’s Friends for Change

‘Saving Spoony’s Chinese Wetlands’, BirdLife’s project to save two key resting and feeding sites used by Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpipers in China, has been selected to receive a $100,000 grant by The Walt Disney Company, through Disney’s Friends for Change.

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Welcome to ‘Saving Spoony’!

John O'Sullivan/RSPB; Spoon-billed Sandpiper chick

This is where you can find out all about the charismatic yet Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Regular updates will be posted on this page with news of what’s being done to conserve this quirky species. And by exploring the rest of this site, you can read about the major threats to the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, conservation efforts that are underway and how you can help to save Spoony!

Read the latest Species Guardian Action Update

 

 

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