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Slimbridge WWT Spoon-billed sandpiper rescue

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by kiang, 7 Jun 2011.

  1. kiang

    kiang Well-Known Member

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    The WWT along with Birds Russia, Moscow Zoo and the RSPB working with colleagues from the BTO, BirdLife International, ArcCona and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force have initiated a rescue programme for the severly endangered spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus).

    The plan is to collect eggs, hatch and rear them on site in Russia, then transport the young birds to Moscow zoo and quarantine the birds before shipping them to a purpose built breeding centre at Slimbridge.

    Recent research suggests that the breeding population of spoon-billed sandpiper was between 120-200 pairs in 2009, with the species believed to be declining at approximately 26% per year, due to extremely low survival of juvenile birds. If this trend continues, the spoon-billed sandpiper could be extinct within a decade.

    Recent research suggests that the breeding population of spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) was between 120-200 pairs in 2009, with the species believed to be declining at approximately 26% per year, due to extremely low survival of juvenile birds. If this trend continues, the spoon-billed sandpiper could be extinct within a decade.

    Recent research suggests that the breeding population of spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) was between 120-200 pairs in 2009, with the species believed to be declining at approximately 26% per year, due to extremely low survival of juvenile birds. If this trend continues, the spoon-billed sandpiper could be extinct within a decade.

    Emergency mission to save remarkable bird from extinction - Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
     
  2. Kifaru Bwana

    Kifaru Bwana Well-Known Member

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    Good news.
    It is never too late to try and save a species.
     
  3. Dicerorhinus

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    I hope they do well in captivity and if anyone can succeed WWT can.

    Unfortunately it sometimes can be too late (a certain cetacean springs to mind)!
     
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    Luckily birds have a better record in this. Plus the WWT has the expertise to pull this off.
     
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    As shon by them virtually saving the ne-ne/Hawaiian goose from extinction
     
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    I've never heard of this wonderful little bird before! Best of luck to them them all.
     
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    That very nearily went wrong before it started as all the original birds were females!!I hvae to wonder if Peter Scott is one of the few people to have eaten an omlette made from Ne-ne eggs!
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    going rather off-track of the thread topic, but this studbook pdf gives a good account of the history of nene in captivity: http://library.sandiegozoo.org/studbooks/birds/hawaiiannenegoose2003.pdf
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    good news on the captive spoon-billed sandpiper front:
    First Spoon-billed Sandpiper chicks hatch in captivity - WorldWaders News Blog
    photos on the link (and the whole article because I cut some out)
     
  10. Maguari

    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    Really good to see this project off to a strong start.
     
  11. kiang

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    Jeremy Vine did a piece on the project on his show, yesterday on BBC radio 2.
     
  12. Kifaru Bwana

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    Perfect good start.
     
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    First chicks hatched this week.

    First spoon-billed sandpiper chicks hatch in UK | Environment | guardian.co.uk


     
  16. Kifaru Bwana

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    Slimbridge now has the nucleus for a sound ex situ captive-breeding programme.
     
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    They're stunning!
     
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