Headstarting is a collaborative effort between WWT, BirdsRussia and the RSPB, and occurs as part of the International Arctic Expedition mounted each year by BirdsRussia under the leadership of Dr. Evgeny Syroechkovskiy.

Meinypil’gyno school and an incubator full of eggs

The team met with the schoolkids today. Sayam showed some funny shots of children playing in Bangladesh, as well as short video clips of mangrove delta Spoon-billed Sandpiper habitat, and bare feet walking on a sucky mudflat.

This last clip raised giggles from these tundra-raised kids! I showed some photos of Myanmar life and conservation work, and gave the kids a poster that a second grade art class of International School Yangon had made for them. The poster was made with the kids handprints, and its Save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper message echoed that of the Meino class last year. Thanks to all kids and teachers involved!

In other news, thanks to superhuman efforts of the team in wretched weather, we have now met our quota of eggs for captive breeding. The eggs will begin the journey to Slimbridge next week, weather permitting, as the fog and rain of the last few days is forecast to continue for another three days.

Poster from Myanmar to Meiny School c Baz Scampion

Poster from Myanmar to Meiny School c Baz Scampion

  1. Ken Tucker (AKA Turnip) Reply

    What a lovely report. Such a wonderful learning opportunity for children at opposite ends of the continent. Not only are they learning about spoon-billed sandpipers but also about different cultures, physical and human geography, art, literacy…How exciting. On top of this, eggs about to leave for Slimbridge. That’s great news. Hope the weather improves for the birds’ sakes and yours.

    Good luck on the next stage.

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