Tong joined the expedition team in Chukotka to track red-necked stint migration with geolocators and study their breeding ecology, hoping some information on stint biology may benefit research and conservation of spoon-billed sandpipers as well. He also helps with survey and monitoring of spoon-billed sandpipers and other shorebirds, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn about the Arctic.
Currently a doctoral student in EEB at Princeton University, Tong is interested in how migratory shorebirds respond to habitat changes at both local and global scales, and how to allocate and manage protected areas for most effective conservation planning, with a special focus on the Yellow Sea region of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Being a flagship species of shorebird conservation, Tong is also involved in many spoon-billed sandpiper projects, such as banding, survey and education at his field site in Jiangsu, 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