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.
The 2012 Chukotka expedition team

Thank you, expedition team Chukotka 2012

Thanks very much Baz for providing a summary and update on the captive breeding with nice images from last summer’s breeding season. This brings back fond memories of an amazing expedition to South Chukotka. I would like to take the opportunity to thank WWT, Birds Russia and the entir
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View from plane between Meino and Anadyr c Christoph Zockler

Back Home

As you remember, everything suddenly went very quickly and we were unexpectedly out of Meino last Tuesday,  yet again without any delay. There was little time to say goodbye to everybody! So what has happened since: We know from Baz H. the eggs are still in Moscow, waiting for some mo
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First fresh salmon c C Zockler

Camping in the West

We cross the First River several times at different locations with a small rubber boat to get our luggage and three people across to the coastal spit. Egor waits for us at a spot across from the end of the west end of the spit with the quad bike that had been transported earlier with
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First Nest of Spoonbilled Sandpiper c Christoph Zoeckler

First Nest and Surplus of Males

We found the first nest today, but will wait a few days before collecting the eggs to ensure we have the full clutch. Most pairs are still in pre-nesting stages and patience is needed. Over the last few days we have been encountering more and more lonely males desperately displaying,
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Searching for Spoonie in the fog (c) Christoph Zockler

Pair-bonding and nest-starting in a reluctant spring season

Christoph writes: The nice weather that allowed Sayam to join our team did not last. We are back to fog and cold wind and the snow piles in the village have still not melted. But all this does not seem to deter our SbS. We encounter daily displaying pairs and singing males all over th
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A dedicated team against a shocking decline

Christoph writes: It is always fascinating to see a pair of Spoon-billed Sandpiper displaying and chasing each other across the sparse tundra vegetation, despite a very reluctant spring and conditions that are still very cold. It is also reassuring to see these fragile little creature
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