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BirdNote: The Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper - With Gerrit Vyn

Gerrit Vyn

Gerrit Vyn of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology recorded the Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the far northeast of Russia, where as few as 100 remaining pairs breed each summer.

This sandpiper depends on key coastal wetlands near the Yellow Sea to fuel the long-distance migration to its wintering areas.

But the Yellow Sea is not what it used to be – massive projects in China and South Korea for agriculture, aquaculture, and industry have eliminated more than half of the intertidal areas that these migrants depend on. And for many, their populations are rapidly falling. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper may soon be extinct. Be sure to watch Gerrit's moving video!