The first of four fascinating radio programs looking at shorebird conservation on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway is now available for listening and download here.
Program One is set in Australia and has interviews with a range of experts many of whom will already be familiar to Birds Koreans, including Chris Hassel of the Global Flyway Network, Phil Straw of the Australasian Wader Studies Group and Prof. Rich Fuller at the University of Queensland.
As Prof. Fuller notes on the results of an Australia-wide review of ten main migratory shorebird species, “the news is incredibly depressing…Seven out of the ten species we have studied are in highly significant national decline; two species, the (Far) Eastern Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper have declined by more than 80% in three generations. That means they are in imminent risk of extinction.”
Programs Two (set for broadcast next week) and Three (to be broadcast in two weeks’ time) will look at shorebird conservation in China and the Republic of Korea – and introduce the ecological tragedy and shame of Saemangeum to a new global audience.
In May 2016, Emu (journal of Austral Ornithology) published a special volume with the heading “The East Asian–Australasian Flyway: Population Trends, Threats and the Future”. The volume (Volume 116 Number 2 2016) included one paper from Korea entitled, “Reclamation of … read more
Between May 23rd and 28th I conducted a third round of shorebird counts as part of a regional project on the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper led by the wonderful SBS in China, funded by the National Geographic Air and Water … read more
From the ABA blog Open Mic, birder and artist Catherine Hamilton shares her remarkable insight and beautiful illustrations identifying a new field mark differentiating Stints and Peeps: http://blog.aba.org/2013/02/open-mic-a-new-field-mark-for-differentiating-stints-and-peeps.html read more
Mr. Spike Millington, Chief of the Secretariat of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership, September 5th 2012. Reproduced with permission. “Yubu Island is Korea’s most important shorebird site and large numbers of shorebirds depend on this area during their migration. It … read more
Nial Moores (PhD, Director of Birds Korea), September 5th 2012 Figure 1: A “Shopping bag” of shorebirds: appropriate treatment? Yubu Island, September 4th, 2012. Image copyright of Lee Jung-Kyu. On September 4th 2012, two Birds Koreans (Ms. Lee Jung-Kyu … read more
The August 2012 issue of the highly-respected UK-based magazine Birdwatch features an excellent article written by former BirdLife Communications Officer Ed Parnell on East Asia’s shorebirds. The article – which has been written in advance of the British Birdwatching Fair … read more