A conversation with Chris Collins, a highly-experienced guide with Heritage Expeditions, the New Zealand-based ecotourism company that became a Species Champion for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper in August last year. Chris has just (literally just) returned from Chukotka, north-eastern Russia, as part of a large team of aviculturalists, scientists, and birders who are involved in a remarkable project to discover new breeding populations of this iconic and rapidly declining shorebird and to develop a captive conservation breeding programme in the UK.
Chris had only been home for one night when I caught up with him for this podcast, having just made an exhausting sixty-two hour journey from Chukotka back to the UK. Despite the jet-lag and lack of sleep, the excitement and realisation of what he’d seen over the last few weeks was very apparent…
Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Chukotka, July 2011. Photos copyright Chris Collins. Used with permission.
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Chris would like to thank Heritage Expeditions and WildWings for all their support and if you are interested in coming on the 2012 trip, Chris recommends checking out the WildWings website for further information.
- Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper: http://www.birdlife.org/spoonbilledsandpiper/
- The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust website: http://www.wwt.org.uk/
- WWT Spoon-billed Sandpiper Appeal: http://www.wwt.org.uk/support-us/please-help-us-to-save-the-incredible-spoonbilled-sandpiper-
- ‘Chutotka Expedition 2011 Blog’ from the WWT team in Russia: http://sbsproject.wordpress.com/
More on Spoon-billed Sandpipers on Talking Naturally:
- TN44 Dr Debbie Pain (Slimbridge) on the Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation breeding programme
- 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
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