Fwd: [OB] Vote for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper

To: Birding-Aus Aus <>
Subject: Fwd: [OB] Vote for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:47:24 +1100
Dear All,

Excuse the cross-post, but here is an opportunity for young birders to help a worthwhile cause.


Carl Clifford

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From: "Simba Chan" <>
Date: 28 December 2010 11:39:04 AM
To: <>
Subject: [OB] Vote for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Dear OBers,

BirdLife's work to save two key resting and feeding sites in China,
used by
one of the world's oddest and most appealing waterbirds is to receive
support from Disney's Friends for Change initiative.

The project, 'Saving Spoony's Chinese Wetlands ' will receive at least
$25,000. But if children around the world decide to give it their
vote, that
support could rise to $50,000, or even $100,000.

Spoony- the Spoon-billed Sandpiper- is one of the rarest birds in the world. It gets its name from its spoon-shaped beak, which it uses to pick up food
from the mud left uncovered when the tide goes out.

Every year it flies over 9,000 km from the Arctic tundra in Russia,
where it
nests, to the tropics of southern Asia, where it spends the winter.
Then, in
spring, it flies all the way back again.

But the bird that carries its own cutlery is in danger of having
nowhere to
go to eat. The tidal mudflats it depends on to rest and refuel on its
incredible journey are being drained and covered with houses and

Fewer and fewer Spoon-billed Sandpipers make it back to breed each
year, and
unless we act quickly, this tough and determined little bird could
soon be
gone for ever. There may be as few as 400 left, down from 2,000 just 10
years ago.

BirdLife's China Programme, the Hong Kong Birdwatching Society and
in China, including the Wild Bird Society of Shanghai and Fujian Bird
Watching Society will work at two wetlands near Shanghai, which Spoon- billed
Sandpipers stop at on their way round China's coast. Gathering
about all the waterbirds that use these two wetlands will help us
them better.

Talks, games and field trips will be organised for children at local
schools, to inspire them about the values of wetlands and wildlife.
will be encouraged to form Conservation Groups, and become the
for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, telling local people and the
government that
there is a bird nearby that needs their help.

Voting opened on 29th November. You can help the Spoon-billed
Sandpiper with
registering on the Disney website by going to one of the following
links and
giving Spoony your vote:

*       United States -
*       Germany -
*       France -
*       Netherlands -
*       Belgium -
*       Poland -
*       UK -
*       Italy -
*       Sweden -
*       Finland -
*       Norway -
*       Denmark -

And have a Happy New Year.

Simba Chan

BirdLife International Asia Division.

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