Conservation

For all their differences, Black-faced Spoonbill and Spoon-billed Sandpiper have one thing in common. Both are teetering on the brink of extinction.

After a holiday in Wallacea - northeast Sulawesi and the north Moluccas - in August, I've written an article on travels and some of the wildlife for the Alfred Russel Wallace blog.

Now posted, with plenty of photos, at: http://wallacefund.info/content/holiday-heart-wallacea

I’m about to confess to long-term crazy behaviour on my part. And then, I will read your mind.

            First, the confession. For over a quarter of a century, I have devoted considerable effort to what may well be a lost cause: trying to encourage far stronger environmental protection.

This past summer, a team of biologists scoured Siberian tundra in search of nests and eggs of one of the world’s most threatened species, spoon-billed sandpiper. Aim was for captive breeding; yet this is far from ideal way of saving species.

Birds may undertake marathon flights using astonishing navigation skills – yet are threatened by careless habitat destruction

On wind farms and actual or possible threats to migratory birds, including in China.

Here's part 1 of a video I shot, on a trip to the Sundarbans mangrove forest in October 2009:

Traditional Chinese Medicine and conservation

Taman Negara - rainforest national park in Malaysia

kalimantan tribeVisiting Borneo to learn about deforestation and imeet people working to save the remaining forests.

Philippine Eagle conservation on Mindanao, the Philippines

Xi Zhinong - helping save Yunnan snub-nosed monkey

Gurney's Pitta back from oblivion

Hunting and habitat destruction have brought these magnificent cats perilously close to extinction. Can the most threatened of the sub-species claw its way back?

Catfish at fish farm in Java fed dead chickens - helping show integrated fish farming may play role in spreading H5N1 bird flu.