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    Default Saving Spoon-billed Sandpiper

    An international team of conservationists is on an emergency mission to help save one of the world’s rarest birds from extinction. Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus is a remarkable bird, but its shocking drop in numbers indicates likely extinction within a decade if urgent action is not taken.



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    In case anyone hasn't read our Forktail paper which also provides some background to the decline.
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    I only hope those guys know what they are doing.

    Driving across the tundra on quad bikes in order to grab clutches of eggs of critically endangered shorebirds carries so many risks.

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    Great paper.

    Looks like they now have a clutch of eggs:
    http://sbsproject.wordpress.com/2011...-19-june-2011/

    Yes, seems like they have a very tough mission indeed. Is there any article anywhere that explains what happens next? eg are they all shipped to Slimbridge for hatching and then at what point are they released and where?

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    18 chicks hatched so far!

    http://sbsproject.wordpress.com/

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    13 juveniles arrived at Slimbridge last week
    http://sbsproject.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/theyre-here/

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    nice video of the birds just having moved to their new room

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