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.
Thanks to the @orientbirdclub (BirdingAISA - biannual bulletin on Asian birds) for publishing this positive news on rescuing and saving a single individual of a Critically Endangered species.
#SaveSpoonie #conservation #shorebird #ornithology
Let’s start the week with a positive news! This Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper was rescued from the mudflats of Quanzhou, China by a local villager during heavy rain last week, the bird was wet & unable to fly (1/8)
#SaveSpoonie #EarthOptimism #ConservationOptimism
Incredible and moving footage of Spoonie's 05 and P7 in the Inner Gulf of #Thailand. An homage to this little bird flying towards extinction, and to our host country for its critical role in the race to save it and secure a future for Spoonies #SaveSpoonie https://youtu.be/U3-9xlJ8tfM