Roman and Sveta have been married for over thirty years and as well as also being a member of the “Friends of the spoon-billed sandpiper” in Meinypil’gyno, he, like Sveta, is crucial to the annual expeditions, organising all of the logistical transport and collection of expedition equipment from Anadyr in early spring so that everything is in place for the team once they arrive in May. In addition to this, Roman also makes sure that all of the quad bikes, necessary for surveying and egg collection, are in full working order and carries out repairs when necessary. If that is not enough, none of the expeditions to search for and survey new breeding sites would be possible without Roman and his “kerzhak” (a big foot truck), which along with his intricate knowledge of the area, are required to make the long and sometime dangerous journeys to remote locations.
@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