Reply To: Spoon-billed Sandpiper nearing exctinction


From BBC News:

a specialist team of bird experts are flying to the sandpiper's home in northeast Russia to collect and incubate eggs and set up a captive breeding population.

The captive population of spoon-billed sandpipers will be housed in Moscow Zoo for quarantine purposes, then moved to a specially built unit at the headquarters of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, UK.

Bid to save sandpiper at risk of extinction in Russia

This sandpiper's sad tale is part of broader story, as wetland birds in east Asia decline, with wetlands damaged and destroyed by ill-considered and even stupid developments (yes, Saemangeum in S Korea, I mean you); even ridiculously sited wind farms may be adding to pressures. Bit by bit the story moves on, with "development" here, and something else there. The hunting mentioned in article would likely not be a severe issue without the widescale destruction. Changing weather patterns may not help: witness China's drought (and now rain causing floods…)