2 Feb 2011

Spoon-billed Sandpiper podcast

By Martin Fowlie

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. This summer Heritage Expeditions, New Zealand’s award winning expedition travel company and a BirdLife International Species Champion for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, is running a trip to northern Russia with a specially-designed itinerary to find undiscovered breeding pairs of this most iconic of shorebirds: and on the ship – and in charge of the onshore visits – will be two of the world’s leading experts on the species, Dr Christoph Zockler and Dr Evgeny Syroechkovskiy. The trip, ‘In the wake of Bering’, is a quite remarkable and probably unique melding of conservation, science, and eco-tourism, and in this podcast Charlie Moores from 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 the trip, what it could mean to the passengers on board, and what it may mean for Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation.