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.
Recently hatched spoonie! Photo by Nikolay Yakushev.

News from the Field: The story so far…

An update from Nikolay Yakushev 7th July 2020 This field season is one of the most unusual for our team because of the ongoing covid pandemic. In the past when we saw an atypical season, it was due to the weather. All of the team members had to follow complex procedures on our way to
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Spoon-billed Sandpiper Art of Szabolcs Kókay

This week we have asked award winning wildlife artist Szabolcs Kókay if he would share some of his experiences observing and painting Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Szabolcs is currently featuring several of his Spoonie paintings on a variety of products through Redbubble. 30% of his artists
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Spoon-billed Sandpiper L5 already returned this year. Photo by Egor Loktionov.

News from the Field: All systems go!

This year presented some unexpected challenges. In the weeks leading up to the summer expedition it was unclear whether the team could proceed; and certainly not in the usual manner. Birds Russia came up with plans A through D, covering all scenarios and potential challenges that may
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Headstarted bird '5X'. Photo by Weiguo Ren.

Resightings: A winter summary

An update from Nigel Clark Conservation of Spoon-billed Sandpipers involves a large number of people doing different tasks. Nigel and Jacquie Clark administer the database of records of individually marked birds on behalf of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force and so are still getti
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Hungry hungry Spoonie. Photo by Jodie Clements.

Slimbridge Spoonies: Insect feast!

A bite-sized update 😉 Spoonie ‘Pink Dark Green’ was so distracted by the fruit flies he didn’t even notice he was being filmed until the very last moment! During the breeding season we increase the amount of live insects fed to the captive Spoonies to replicate the massive hatch off o
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Nanthar Island and Mayyu Estuary

Important Spoon-billed Sandpiper location becomes Myanmar’s 6th Ramsar site!

An update from Christoph Zöckler When in 2006 the second winter search Expedition of the SBS Task Force found eight Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Teknaf at the southern tip of Bangladesh, we looked across to Myanmar and dreamt of going there to continue our search. Gillian Bunting, the GI
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Photo by Tanya Grigg.

Slimbridge Spoonies: Happy 1st Birthday to the Chicks!

An update from Tanya Grigg We thought you would like to hear how the 2019-hatched Spoonies are getting on as we celebrate their first birthday today! On 20th March this year we moved the birds from their wintering aviary to their summer accommodation which is exactly the same as the a
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Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force

22nd SBS Task Force Newsletter

An update from Christoph Zöckler Dear all, Some weekend reading during the lockdown! Please find newsletter No 22: https://www.m-h-s.org/en/information/news-about-the-spoon-billed-sandpiper/ Thank you for your contributions and enjoy reading! Christoph Dr Christoph Zöckler SBS TF Coor
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Team photo nearing the end of the expedition. Photo by Julia Darkova.

News from the Field: 2020 update and 2019 reminiscence

The Corona virus pandemic has changed life as we know it. Every person on this earth is adjusting and adapting to these ever changing circumstances, and the team behind the survey and headstarting expeditions to Meinopylgyno (aka Meino) are doing all they can to proceed with this vita
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Sleepy Spoonies

Slimbridge Spoonies: 2020 update

This year the majority of the captive Spoonies will be eight years old. Being generation zero of the captive population (the first Spoon-billed Sandpipers to be brought into captivity) you could consider this quite an achievement, for the birds and for the staff caring for them. Over
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