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Why not get involved with shorebirds in the Asia Pacific?

Survey team at Saemangeum. Image: © 2008 Birds Korea. Press image for enlargement.

There is an urgent need to find out more about shorebirds across the Asia Pacific to answer some of the questions about the status of shorebirds in the face of rapid habitat loss in many parts of the region, but especially why some species are declining in numbers more than others. Examples include key species such as the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and the Curlew Sandpiper.

With the continued rapid loss of coastal wetlands in areas such as the Yellow Sea it is only a matter of time before we see the sudden drop in numbers of even common shorebirds such as Bar-tailed Godwits and Dunlin.

You can get involved by encouraging your local bird club to take an active interest in shorebirds near you, or go out with a friend, and provide some very important information. Regular counts are valuable to show changes in populations over time, how many birds use the area during migration or the non-breeding season, or just one count in an area not often visited.

If you are interested in getting involved in organised expeditions to survey shorebirds, or if you need volunteers to help with your surveys or expeditions let us know and provide us with details about you. Contact the APSN Coordinator: philstraw@shorebird-network.net

Past projects that have relied on self funding volunteers include:

  • Surveys of mudflats associated with the Saemangeum reclamation project;
  • Shorebird surveys on the breeding grounds and staging areas in far eastern Russia;
  • Spoon-billed Sandpiper Survey non breeding and non-breeding areas;
  • North-west Australia banding and survey, etc

All volunteers are generally expected to cover their own travel and living expenses but work with experts, learning as well as helping!