Back in January I posted a podcast with Jim Lawrence, Manager of BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions Programme, and Chris Collins, a tour leader with Heritage Expeditions (a joint Species Champion since August 2010 for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper) about a groundbreaking trip to eastern Russia to look for new colonies of this iconic and unique shorebird (TN18 BirdLife, Heritage, and Spoon-billed Sandpipers).
At the same time I also recorded an interview with Dr Christoph Zöckler, co-ordinator of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Species Recovery Group, who was going to be the lead scientist on the Heritage trip. In what was a remarkably open and frank interview he told me a little about a hitherto unannounced Spoon-billed Sandpiper captive breeding programme and what he hoped to achieve on the summer Heritage trip. I thought – of course – that the resulting podcast would be of huge interest to birders everywhere, but – because I felt that announcing a multi-agency Spoon-billed Sandpiper captive breeding programme on Talking Naturally may cause difficulties further down the line – I took the decision not to release the podcast. Yesterday though (June 3rd) both WWT and the RSPB published press-releases talking about their roles in the captive breeding programme, and now that the news is out I’ve decided to release the podcast as I think it gives a really fascinating insight into the status of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and why such a drastic step as captive breeding was considered…
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More on Spoon-billed Sandpipers on Talking Naturally:
- TN18 BirdLife, Heritage, and Spoon-billed Sandpipers
- Spoon-billed Sandpiper Series: Part One
- Spoon-billed Sandpiper Series: Part Two – interview with Christoph Zöckler
- Spoon-billed Sandpiper Series: Part Three – interview with Nial Moores
- Interview: David Sibley on the Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Flagged Spoon-billed Sandpiper chick, Chutotka
Photograph copyright Christoph Zöckler
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