Elena has been part of spoon-billed sandpiper conservation work since 2000 – her first year in Chukotka. She works for the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Science and runs the database for spoon-billed sandpiper breeding records. Elena’s main area of expertise is the spatial distribution of Arctic waders and she is the lead author of the Atlas of Breeding Waders in the Russian Arctic. Elena spent 14 summers surveying the known breeding locations of spoon-billed sandpiper from Belyaka Spit in the north to the Korayk coast in the south, working with Heritage Expeditions. In 2012, she organised the first spoon-billed sandpiper education exhibition at the Anadyr Museum (Chukotka capital). Elena has also participated in surveys of spoon-billed sandpiper staging and wintering sites in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
@looksouth Not quite the same but does this count? #SaveSpoonie
Only around 200 breeding pairs remain in the wild. Don’t let The Spoon-billed Sandpiper fall off the perch into #extinction. #SaveSpoonie
HU returning to its critically important #Jiangsu staging and moulting area. Wintered in #Guangdong #SaveSpoonie https://t.co/wFhrBJ6K2V
HU is back on Jiangsu mudflat, one of first tagged Spoonies in 2016 and has been wintering in southern China last winter, and in sticker now 3
Great work by @SBS_in_China working on critical sites for waterbirds including #SaveSpoonie @EAAFP
More and more local fishermen communities have joined us for mudflat conservation and a better habitat for waders 🐦 4