• Global Importance of China’s tidal-flats for Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper Recognised

    Shanghai, (Seoul, Tokyo, Moscow, London, Berlin, Denver) 29 October 2013 A survey of the Chinese coastline by the conservation network “SBS in China” supported by 15 waterbird experts from the international Spoon-billed Sandpiper (SBS) Task Force (1) confirms the outstanding international conservation importance of intertidal wetlands in Jiangsu Province. The survey, conducted from October 15th-19th […]

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  • Call for application to the Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund

    The ‘Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund’ has been established to provide financial support to projects on the ground in Asia that will lead to the conservation or protection of migratory waterbirds and their wetland habitats in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, particularly through partnership with the local community at the site. The Fund is administered […]

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  • Spoon-billed sandpiper – they’re back! The first spoonie seen at Sonadia Island

    Earlier this year, Sonadia Island was declared an Important Bird Area (IBA) due to its importance for shorebirds, especially the Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper (Sonadia Island is the most important site in Bangladesh for this highly threatened species). The Bangladesh Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Project (BSCP, see their Facebook page) is supported by the RSPB through […]

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  • China’s rarest seabird benefits from colony restoration

    Until this year, there were only two known breeding colonies of the Critically Endangered Chinese Crested Tern Sterna bernsteini: the Mazu Islands off the coast of Fujian, and the Wuzhishan Islands off Zhejiang. However, this summer an innovative tern colony restoration project has apparently established another. Earlier this year, a small island called Tiedun Dao […]

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  • The International Black-faced Spoonbill Census Report 2013

    The full report of the 2013 International Black-faced Spoonbill Census is now available, provided by the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, and the BirdLife International Asia Division. Below is the abstract, and you can download the full report here Abstract: The annual International Black-faced Spoonbill Census was conducted on 11-13 January 2013. This census is […]

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  • See spoonies in Myanmar and support their conservation

    It is officially Fall season, as well as the peak holiday trip planning season. For this winter’s birdwatching trip, there is a great Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation tour organized by the Bird Holidays, ArcCona and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force at the Myanmar coast. Being one of the most ornithologically diverse country in South East Asia, […]

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  • Southeast Asian park managers set meet in Tagaytay on biodiversity

    MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will host the 4th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Heritage Parks (AHP) Conference, a regional dialogue addressing biodiversity issues and the sustainable management of protected areas, in the first week of October. The four-day meet will be held in Tagaytay City on October 1-4, spearheaded by the Asean Center for […]

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  • Rare sighting of marked spoon-billed sandpiper on migration

    A rare sighting of a marked spoon-billed sandpiper on migration was reported last weekend from Rudong mudflats north of Shanghai The critically endangered bird was identified by a lime green plastic flag on its leg marked ‘01’ that was attached by scientists from Birds Russia on its breeding grounds this summer. Conservationists know that this […]

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  • Guwayi shorebird tracked through science and culture

    YAWURU language teacher, Maxine Charlie, remembers as a child seeing large flocks of Bar-tailed Godwits flying over the foreshore of Roebuck Bay when camping with her family. What she didn’t know at the time was that these birds carry out remarkable feats of migration between Siberia and Roebuck Bay travelling more than 10,000 kilometres each […]

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  • Spoon-billed sandpiper numbers boosted by conservationists

    Critically endangered spoon-billed sandpipers fledglings have increased in number by a quarter in 2013, after conservationists intervened to hand rear chicks. As few as 100 breeding pairs remain in the wild, rearing just 60 young between them each year on average. The 16 additional hand-reared young are a significant boost for the species, which is […]

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