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Recent content by Rick and Elis

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    Wader Conservation World Watch

    The 4th WCWW will take place on the 4th and 5th November 2017 Make a note in your diary to join in the fun. To take part is as simple as A,B,C. A. Go out and see waders/shorebirds wherever you are in the world. B. Send us an email telling us what you have seen and where. C. Look for...
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    Show support for Geelong’s Moolap salt works in Australia.

    John Newman of the Geelong Field Naturalists Club has written to us asking for some support for a local community conservation project and it is something we can all get involved in, even those of us who live at the other side of the world. The problem may be local in one sense, but as part of...
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    A final (?) flick of the tail for Wader Conservation World Watch and a word about Joh

    I am reading the final chapters of a book by Isabella Tree about John Gould and rather feel that the idea of bringing people together around the world to one end is somewhat in the spirit of what he achieved. http://www.waderquest.org/2015/12/a-final-flick-of-tail-for-wader.html
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    The poisoning of the Rio Doce, Brazil.

    We are amazed and rather disappointed that this huge ecological disaster, probably the worst in Brazil's history, has not been given more media coverage outside Brazil except perhaps for articles about the financial cost to the companies involved, how much it will cost to put it right and who...
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    Wader Conservation November

    Remember: Waders need love too! Here are Wader Quest's three big events for this November. Please support us if you can. Wader Conservation World Watch. Part of Wader Conservation November A celebration of wader conservation and conservationists. 7th & 8th November 2015 This year the UK will...
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    16th of September is Plover Appreciation Day!

    Plover Appreciation Day is a designed to raise awareness about the problems that these ground nesting birds face, especially at this time of year in the southern hemisphere where the breeding season is about to get under way. As these birds inhabit many places that are popular with humans for...
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    Comment by 'Guest' in media 'Black Stilt'

    Thanks Rookery Delia and Wonderview for your kind comments. There are quite a number of these birds raised in captivity and released each year, but the process of population recovery is very slow, few of the released birds are breeding and once dispersed often do not encounter one another...
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    Black Stilt

    Juvenile Black Stilt - A Critically Endangered wader. http://www.waderquest.org/2015/07/critically-endangered-waders.html
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    Critically Endangered waders.

    The list of Critically Endangered waders makes grim reading; Black Stilt, Jerdon's Courser, Sociable Lapwing, Javan Lapwing, St Helena's Plover, Eskimo Curlew, Slender-billed Curlew and Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Of these Jerdon's Courser, Javan Lapwing, Eskimo Curlew and Slender-billed Curlew...
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    Frustration for the Australian Wader Study Group team tracking migrating Little Curle

    All four satellite transmitters on Little Curlews which were sending out regular signals until mid-May have now stopped transmitting. From elation just a few weeks ago when five birds carrying transmitters set off from north-west Australia we are now extremely disappointed that everything seems...
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    A day away from the office on the Essex coast.

    We have been meaning to visit the place where I saw my first Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings and Grey Plovers for some time, Point Clear in Essex. In the event it was slightly disappointing as the tide was rising and had come too high to have much mud visible but we did come across a couple of...
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    New world waders in an old world setting.

    The pull of not one, but two Nearctic vagrant waders to see so close to each other on the southern shores of the UK, was too much to resist. We had managed too suppress our desire to go and look at the Greater Yellowlegs for some time, but it remained long enough in the area that when a...
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    Common Cranes (Grus grus) yesterday at Gallows Bridge Farm BBOWT reserve.

    Our effort for Global Big Day and World Migratory Bird Day results in a rare find but few waders. Our intention for the eBird Global Big Day and World Migratory Bird Day was to search out waders in our local area. We had hoped that a Curlew Sandpiper and a Wood Sandpiper seen earlier in the...
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    Are you joining in eBird's Global Big Day to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day? We a

    But of course you'd expect us to point out that WMBD is not just about cuckoos, doves, quails swallows, warblers wheatears and the like, although these birds are significant and important, it is also about waders of many kinds. We will be thinking especially about some of them out there on...
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    Comment by 'Guest' in media 'Chironius bicarinatus'

    Thanks for the amusing and encouraging comment Frank.