The enigmatic Spoon-billed Sandpiper migrates from remote northern Russia to Southeast Asia, where forces such as habitat loss and subsistence hunting are driving it to the brink. The global population is estimated to be as few as 100 breeding pairs, and recentlly the species has declined at a precipitous rate of approximately one quarter of the adult population per year. Unless this rate is stemmed, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper will likely go extinct in less than a decade.
In collaboration with Birds Russia and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force, the Cornell Lab participated in two expeditions in 2011 and 2012 to collect the first high-definition video, high-quality photographs, and stereo sound recordings of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper on its breeding grounds in the Russian far east and its wintering grounds in Myanmar. The images and sounds are being distributed to organizations around the world that are working to conserve the species and its habitats.
The four videos presented here represent the first intimate looks into the life of this species ever recorded. Additional video and audio material will be released here over the coming months.