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I joined Nige on the boat, saying goodbye to everyone who had been a part of the expedition and our friends from the school. I was waved off from the beach. Simon was our housemate for all these weeks but was staying. I had said bye to all the team involved in the project. The waves
A much refreshed Simon came to visit the birds and we could clearly see how fascinated and enthralled he was with the young birds. He suggested that I join him in the evening for a few hours birding around the lagoon. I leapt at the chance, as not only would it nice to get a break, bu
Roland writes: We have visitors! The morning of the 29th we had a number of visitors from the field team, who had made their way by land and air from the field base in Meinopylgano, Egor, Simon, Gerret and Nikolai, made for some welcome company and it was interesting to be able to tal
Roland writes: Finally some time off! In the morning Liz, Katyr and myself (Roland), were taken by Andre our taxi driver to visit an old abandoned military town that at the height of the cold war had housed up to ten thousand people. However, after the end of the cold war and with the
Liz writes: A bit of a break from SBS for a while today to see some of the local sights. One of the most amazing experiences of Anadyr is the hundreds of beluga whales that feed on salmon in the river, particularly around the docks. Along with the beluga are harbour seals that also
Liz writes: Not much to report, spent most of the afternoon digging up turf and replacing soiled turf from the runs. Settling into a routine of regular feeds, starting at 6am and finishing up when the last person goes to bed. We are now only running the generator to power the heat l
Roland writes: It has become apparent that the water dishes are not satisfactory for the young birds bathing requirements, unfortunately in one of the most remote parts of Russia, where do you buy bird baths? Fortunately for us in the apartment there happened to be five bucket lids, t
We heard from Nige and Martin while they were transferring flights at Moscow on their long journey home from Anadyr. They confirmed that the 17 chicks are doing well. Before they left they managed to build a 7 x 5 metre aviary and construct four rearing units on an area of tund
We’ve had a last text from Nige before he left Anadyr. Very sadly a small chick died the night before last. As we’ve reported before the survival rate of chicks in the wild is extremely low. So, to still have 17 chicks alive and well is better than we could have expected. The good new
Just had a text from Nige in Anadyr, all chicks are ok with the two hatched yesterday still drying off. They won’t get up and about for about 36 hours so we’ll wait until then to see what happens. As always, we’ll keep you posted.
The spoon-billed sandpiper conservation breeding programme is a collaboration between WWT, Birds Russia, Moscow Zoo and the RSPB working with colleagues from the BTO, BirdLife International, ArcCona and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force.
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