Elena has been part of spoon-billed sandpiper conservation work since 2000 – her first year in Chukotka. She works for the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Science and runs the database for spoon-billed sandpiper breeding records. Elena’s main area of expertise is the spatial distribution of Arctic waders and she is the lead author of the Atlas of Breeding Waders in the Russian Arctic. Elena spent 14 summers surveying the known breeding locations of spoon-billed sandpiper from Belyaka Spit in the north to the Korayk coast in the south, working with Heritage Expeditions. In 2012, she organised the first spoon-billed sandpiper education exhibition at the Anadyr Museum (Chukotka capital). Elena has also participated in surveys of spoon-billed sandpiper staging and wintering sites in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
Anyone ever estimated typical flight height of Spoonbilled Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)? Are SBS usually found in flocks of other waders and migrate in mixed spp flocks or solitary? #spoonbilledsandpiper #savespoonie @BirdLife_Asia @SayamChowdhury @SBS_in_China @EAAFP
Valuable life histories from colour flags help reveal #savespoonie flyway and demography. Birders and photographers making a big contribution! @SayamChowdhury @SBS_in_China @EAAFP @BirdLife_Asia
Delighted to see that “Yellow VE” is still alive and photographed from Tiaozini, China by Feng Qian last weekend! Yellow VE was flagged in August 2017 in Kamchatka, Russia by Dr. Yuri Gerasimov; it wintered in Bangladesh in 2018, wonder where it wintered or summered in 2019–2020
Yet another example of the talent of our Russian colleagues currently visiting @WWTSlimbridge to discuss our spoonie headstarting project
Headstarting just 10 nests per year increases pop trend by 3% #SaveSpoonie @WWTworldwide https://twitter.com/_James1Phillips/status/1230978416993882113
Great catching up with Birdlife Russia, @WWTconservation @BazWWT & the Spoonie team @WWTSlimbridge 2day...There are biscuits & then there are amazing Spoon-billed Sandpiper gingerbread biscuits. Wonderful biscuits made by Nikolai’s wife, just possibly the best biscuits ever made! 3