Save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper
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The Spoon-billed Sandpiper urgently needs your help.
With around 200 breeding pairs left in the wild and with new threats emerging all the time, they desperately need your support now. Please make a donation to help us continue our conservation work.
One of the most extraordinary and threatened migratory birds, in 2010 Spoon-billed Sandpiper was predicted to go extinct within 5 to 10 years. Habitat destruction and trapping saw the worldwide populations plummet by 80% in just 10 years.
Yet against all odds, an incredible, ambitious programme of pioneering conservation activities, undertaken by some of the world's leading conservation organisations, has been helping to stabilise its population. Despite this, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper is still in great danger. Now we need your help to scale up our work and secure the species' future.
Actions to save Spoon-billed Sandpiper to date:
- Trapping has been significantly reduced in key wintering areas such as Myanmar and Bangladesh
- A pioneering 'Headstarting' project has released more than 100 young birds back into the wild boosting the ageing breeding population
- Using the world’s smallest satellite tags to help reveal the gaps in our knowledge of where Spoon-billed Sandpipers breed, migrate and winter
- A captive population has been established as a safeguard against extinction in the wild
- Advocacy is underway to protect highly threatened stop-over sites at intertidal wetlands along the the Yellow Sea flyway
- Intense surveying in previously inaccessible areas has led to vital new information that helps us protect the species
- Several new breeding sites have been discovered
- Annual surveys on the breeding grounds and along its flyway are providing important new information vital to monitoring progress
- Awareness raising activities are empowering local communities and reaching an ever-increasing international audience keen to help
Our achievable goal is to not only stabilise but increase the species population by 50% by 2025. We have the science, we have the skills, all that's lacking now are the financial resources. And you can help.
Please join us, make a donation and help save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper today.
Efforts to save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper are being made by an integrated consortium of organisations and individuals throughout the world – a truly international and collaborative effort. The key partners involved in conservation breeding, headstarting and satellite tracking are WWT, Birds Russia, the RSPB, the BTO, Nanjing Normal University, SBS in China, Microwave Telemetry and Moscow Zoo working with colleagues from BirdLife International, ArcCona and the EAAFP Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force.
You are remarkable. Thank you for supporting us, providing hope and helping save the otherwise inevitable extinction of one of the world's most amazing birds.