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.
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