Black-faced Spoonbill Working Group
The objectives of the Working Group include:
- Preserving important breeding, staging, and wintering habitats for the species.
- Encouraging joint and coordinated management efforts between Flyway Network Sites and reserves in all distributed regions.
- Promoting the exchange of information between different countries and agencies.
- Maintaining and sharing a database on the BFS information and important sites; carry out studies and research on the BFS conservation.
- Carrying out studies and promoting the sustainable use of wetlands, particularly tidal areas, in the region.
- Promoting communication, public awareness, and education on this charismatic species in the region.
Working Group Documentation:
The International Black-faced Spoonbill Census Reports
- 2016 [English and Traditional Chinese | English and Simplified Chinese ] / News update for 2016
- 2017 Short report
Other Working Group Documentation:
- Bird Conservation International: Population trends of the Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor: analysis of data from international synchronised censuses (Y.-H. Sung et al., 2017)
- BFS Working Group Terms of Reference, Objectives, and Priority Tasks (2013)
- Initial Meeting Report of the BFS Working Group (Oct 2013)
- Waterbird Network Korea: Research and conservation work undertaken in Republic of Korea (Kisup Lee, 2013) PPT
- Japan Black-faced Spoonbill Network: Studies on the current population of Black-faced Spoonbill in Japan (Hiroko Koike, Kyushu University, Jul 2013)
- Hong Kong Bird Watching Society: Studies in Hong Kong (Yat-tung Yu, 2013) PPT
- National Bird Banding Center of China: Current status, threats and conservation work in China (Zang Guogang, 2013, Chinese only)
- Birdlife International: History of work on Black-faced Spoonbill (Simba Chan, 2010)
- CMS Technical Report: International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor, 2010)
Working Group Chair
Dr. Kisup Lee
Waterbird Network Korea
101-804 SKHub, Gyeongun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-776 South Korea
Tel: +822 734 0678
Working Group Coordinator
The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society
7C, V Ga Building, 532 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2377 4387 Fax: +852 2314 3687
Bio: Yat-tung obtained his MPhil degree at University of Hong Kong in 2002 where he studied the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill in non-breeding grounds. He joined the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society in 2003 as a coordinator of the International Black-faced Spoonbill Census and Deep Bay waterbird monitoring programme, later he became the research manager in 2012. From his study of the Black-faced Spoonbill and coordinating both local and regional waterbird monitoring activities, he has amassed extensive experience on conservation activities on waterbirds and intertidal habitats. Yat-tung is also one of the authors of the “International Species Action Plan for the Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor)” published in 2010.
- Protection of Black-faced Spoonbill and its breeding habitat in China (2015) [English | Chinese]
- Japan Black-faced Spoonbill Network: Black-faced Spoonbill brochure (2014, Japanese only)
Please save the Black-faced Spoonbills from recreational fishing debris (2014)
Black-faced Spoonbills are affected not only by coastal development and pollution, but also from leisure fishing debris such as fishing lines and hooks. Here are some educational materials by the Waterbird Network Korea and Our Sea of East Asia Network that call for change in our actions to protect BFS from marine debris.