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It's migration time on the Pacific, Mississippi and Atlantic Americas Flyways - Calid

Posted Friday 11th April 2014 at 23:27 by Rick and Elis
Following the summary of migrating plovers from the Americas, here is a selection from the classic wader group, the Calidrids.

The members of this genus that travel from North America to winter in South America are; Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated, Western, Least, White-rumped, Baird's and Pectoral Sandpipers.

Red Knot Calidris canutus; Least concern, global population estimated at 1,100,000 individuals. Global population trend declining, American population crashed...
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It's migration time on the Pacific, Mississippi and Atlantic Americas Flyways-Plovers

Posted Monday 7th April 2014 at 21:48 by Rick and Elis
There are 74 species of wader that occur in the Americas (including the Eskimo Curlew which is in all probability extinct). Of these 44 occur in North America and 60 in South America with 31 of these species travelling between the two.

There are, 6 plovers that occur in both North and South America; 5 of them are migrants that travel between the two continents and they are Grey, American Golden, Semipalmated and Wilson's Plover plus Killdeer. The 6th species, Snowy Plover also occurs...
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Wader Quest role of honour!

Posted Friday 4th April 2014 at 13:06 by Rick and Elis
The JustGiving link for donations for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper captive breeding programme closed yesterday, the final result was a satisfying 3,260.56. To this will be added a certain amount from gift aid contributions and the total should reach 3,300.00. Our target was 3,000 so we are very pleased.
This does not mean we are going away. Wader Quest will now continue as a small charity raising funds for wader conservation projects across the world. If you like the sound of that why don't...
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Plight of the New Zealand Dotterel.

Posted Friday 14th March 2014 at 10:24 by Rick and Elis
Without doubt the New Zealand Dotterel is one of the most beautiful, if understated, of waders. It is endemic to New Zealand and is considered to be Endangered. It is the largest of the Charadrius plovers and is divided into two subspecies. The nominate Charadrius o. obscurus is very rare and breeds just on Stewart Island off South Island. Its population has risen from a low of 62 birds to 250 after feral cats were controlled on the island. Charadrius o. aquilonius lives at the north end of the...
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Single species wader families.

Posted Wednesday 12th March 2014 at 14:12 by Rick and Elis
The suborder Charadrii i.e. waders or shorebirds are dominated by two very large families. The largest is the Scolopacidae with around 90 species and the Charadriidae with getting on for 70 species. However there are three families that have but 1 species within them; Dromadidae (Crab Plover); Ibidorhynchidae (Ibisbill); Pedionomidae (Plains Wanderer). In addition there are two species that on the Wader Quest list are in a family of their own Pluvionidae (Egyptian Plover); Pluvianellidae (Magellanic...
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