Scaly-sided Merganser on Birding Beijing
Scaly-sided Merganser is one of my favourite species – and also one of Birds Korea’s conservation priorities (see blog post on winter survey). I was a bit disturbed therefore when visiting the awesome Birding Beijing blog recently to read Terry Townshend’s account of a restaurant owner claiming to take Scaly-sided Merganser eggs (link to blog)!
This species already faces a number of threats (see BirdLife Factsheet). Is “harvesting” of eggs in China or elsewhere within its breeding range an additional danger to this beautiful and globally Endangered species? And if so, how can conservationists and birders help to lessen this threat?
Birds Korea Scaly-sided Merganser Winter Monitoring Project Jason Loghry, November 21, 2013 We’re very happy to report 36 Scaly-sided Mergansers (as well as 67 Mandarin Duck) were observed on November 16, as part of an “initial” survey kick-starting this winter’s Birds Korea Scaly-sided Merganser monitoring project. The Endangered Scaly-sided Merganser, found only in East Asia, [...]Read story
Nial Moores PhD, Birds Korea, March 13th 2013 Ms. Kim Minseon, Program Officer of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), has today posted a series of excellent notes and articles on the globally Endangered Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus. This includes expert commentary from the breeding areas and from wintering areas in the ROK and China: [...]Read story