Tong joined the expedition team in Chukotka to track red-necked stint migration with geolocators and study their breeding ecology, hoping some information on stint biology may benefit research and conservation of spoon-billed sandpipers as well. He also helps with survey and monitoring of spoon-billed sandpipers and other shorebirds, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn about the Arctic.
Currently a doctoral student in EEB at Princeton University, Tong is interested in how migratory shorebirds respond to habitat changes at both local and global scales, and how to allocate and manage protected areas for most effective conservation planning, with a special focus on the Yellow Sea region of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Being a flagship species of shorebird conservation, Tong is also involved in many spoon-billed sandpiper projects, such as banding, survey and education at his field site in Jiangsu, China.
Nice to see our juvenile Spoon-billed Sandpipers at Slimbridge creeping into this @WWTSlimbridge 2020 promotional video. Following in Scott's footsteps, our conservation pioneers @WWTworldwide are helping to #SaveSpoonie
Our Slimbridge 2020 project will transform Slimbridge with new, inspirational and immersive experiences to get you closer to nature. While the project takes shape, let's take a look back at what and who inspired it 👇
Great to use @fidhw @BTOCymru @API_Pontio beautifully made life like Spoon-billed Sandpiper decoys in #China last week, setting them out on the rice paddies over the high tide period at #Tiaozini #SaveSpoonie #Shorebirds @WWTconservation @RSPBScience @KaneBrides @Guy_QA_Anderson2
Collaborating for conservation research again! @BTO_Cymru, @API_Pontio and I, making experimental Spoon-billed Sandpiper decoys to try & help with monitoring work in China. Long process - 3D scan, Fimo modelling (that bill!), 3D edits, print, mount & paint... how did we do? 4