Roman and Sveta have been married for over thirty years and as well as also being a member of the “Friends of the spoon-billed sandpiper” in Meinypil’gyno, he, like Sveta, is crucial to the annual expeditions, organising all of the logistical transport and collection of expedition equipment from Anadyr in early spring so that everything is in place for the team once they arrive in May. In addition to this, Roman also makes sure that all of the quad bikes, necessary for surveying and egg collection, are in full working order and carries out repairs when necessary. If that is not enough, none of the expeditions to search for and survey new breeding sites would be possible without Roman and his “kerzhak” (a big foot truck), which along with his intricate knowledge of the area, are required to make the long and sometime dangerous journeys to remote locations.
Changes in intertidal mudflats may have contributed to a decline in spoon-billed sandpipers in 2019
Update of latest research in @GrahamFAppleton #WaderTales spoonies blog https://wadertales.wordpress.com/2020/10/22/spoon-billed-sandpipers-track-and-trace/
Paper by Qing Chang et al @WaderStudy https://bit.ly/3C4UvY4 #Ornithology #Waders
Some of the colour marked Spoon-billed Sandpipers recorded in Bangladesh over the past few years. White & Lime flagged birds were marked in Russia and Yellow ones were marked China. The White ones are head-started/hand-reared in Russia.
#SaveSpoonie #ornithology #conservation
2⃣ More recently, tracking studies are helping to highlight key sites used by the extinction-threatened Spoon-billed Sandpiper:
This will help to focus #conservation action.
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