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Spoon-billed Sandpipers get help from Leica Camera AG

Written by Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper
The critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper has been given desperately needed financial help by German optics company, Leica Camera AG.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper is a unique shorebird which deserves to be protected. Thanks to Leica there is more chance to improve its conservation status. © Martin J McGill
Spoon-billed Sandpiper is a unique shorebird which deserves to be protected. Thanks to Leica there is more chance to improve its conservation status. © Martin J McGill
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and their partners are attempting to stabilise the Spoon-billed Sandpiper population, which numbers fewer than 100 pairs in the wild, but working on the birds’ remote Russian breeding grounds and undertaking conservation breeding is expensive.
As well as financial help, Leica is providing optical equipment to help field workers locate the breeding Spoon-billed Sandpipers and record their behaviour.
WWT Director of Conservation Dr Debbie Pain said:
WWT is delighted that Leica has chosen to support the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. We’re desperately trying to secure a future for this charismatic and unique bird, and tackle the problems it faces from trapping and the loss of wetlands.
Leica will showcase the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and the efforts to save it at their stand at the Birdfair in Rutland between 16 and 18 August.
Mr. Stephan Albrecht, Division Manager Sport Optics of the Leica Camera AG
Leica binoculars and telescopes offer incomparable viewing experiences of nature. Time and time again we experience how fragile and endangered nature is.  That is why the Leica Camera AG chooses to take part in selected conservation projects – WWT’s mission to save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper from extinction is one such project. In addition to the protection of this incredible bird the people living in its wintering grounds are being supported. People acting together for nature on a long-term and sustainable basis is important for us, because passion you can only share together.
To support conservation of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper visit

Fundraising site for

I have just created a fundraising page for getting donations to keep the website alive. Every small amount helps to cover the costs of the annual running. The website is currently down due to the lack of financial sources to cover the annual costs. I hope some of the WorldWaders long time (and possibly future) supporters can help and we can go live again.
Please find the fundraising page here:

Double your donation for Manomet without paying double

ImageManomet is one of the key players in shorebird conservation in the Americas. One of the key programs of Manomet is the Shorebird Recovery Project which is an important link between research and conservation. On 21 March 2013 the board released a news about seeking more members to support their important job for protecting shorebirds and their habitats.
Become a member today and your gift will mean TWICE as much! Thanks to a generous $5,000 Membership Matching Gift Challenge made by Manomet Councilor Peter Brown all new membership gifts of $50 or more, as well as any increased donations by current Manomet members made through April 22 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. A total benefit of $10,000 to support our scientists and our work! Peter Brown, Manomet Councilor (Newbury, MA) said:
I’ve been supporting Manomet for ten years because they are result-oriented and get things done. Manomet recognizes problems, discovers solutions, and then engages the right people to make a difference. As a result-oriented person, this challenge is my way of getting others engaged in supporting Manomet’s mission. I know that my financial support goes a long way toward protecting the natural resources I value. Please join me by becoming a member today.
Some of the fantastic benefits of becoming a member of Manomet include:
  • Free subscription to Partnerships magazine, published twice yearly
  • First-to-know invitations to special events and activities
  • Free or reduced costs for special programs and events
  • Free Manomet decal

Double your impact to create a more sustainable world and JOIN or RENEW your support today!

For questions, please contact:
Johanna Lawrence, Development and Executive Affairs Manager
508-224-6521, ext. 237 or

Sponsor a Spoon-billed Sandpiper

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“Only 100 breeding pairs remain in the wild but together we can save it from extinction

The spoon-billed sandpiper is hurtling towards extinction, with fewer than 100 breeding pairs remaining in the wild and a total population that weighs less than a single mute swan. Without urgent action it will be lost forever. Together we can save it.”

Find out more of Adopting a Spoon-billed Sandpiper programme of Wildfowl & Wetland Trust

The great egg and spoonie race

Written by WWT
The Oriental Bird Club is appealing for people to help them raise funds for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation breeding programme.
Following the success of previous fund-raising events, the OBC is organising a sponsored run along the beautiful North Norfolk Coast to be held on Sunday 5 May 2013.
There will be something for everyone, whether you are a couch potato craving fitness or a seasoned runner looking to put your talent to a great cause. Although the distance is 40km in total, between Titchwell and Salthouse, the route is broken down into different sections of between 1 km and 10km . You can run as much or as little as you like.
For those of you who fancy celebrating your achievement with a well earned drink or two we have arranged for the finish to be at a famous Norfolk watering hole –  the Dun Cow at Salthouse. We look forward to seeing you there or en route!
If you wish to take part in this fun day or just donate to help save this beautiful bird then please contact Mike Edgecombe ( or John Gregory (

A couple for the Spoonies

The critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper is one of the most known and sought after bird species among birdwatchers and bird addicts. Not a single organisation decided to campaign for bringing this unique and adorable little peep back from the brink of extinction. The publicity on the conservation efforts for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper is extremely wide and has reached thousands of members of different NGOs or social media groups.
However, still not many of them are aware of an interesting private project called Wader Quest. Behind the project there is a couple. An ex fireman, a teacher, a nice bird guide and an addict to waders and a wonderful partner, a photographer from Brazil. To make it short, they are the Simpsons.


The Spooners, Rick & Elis Simpson. © Gyorgy Szimuly
Rick and Elis Simpson launched Wader Quest last year with a tremendous preparation work prior to kick off. Their target was to see a many shorebird species within a year as possible by traveling across the globe. During their trips they try to reach as many locals as possible to spread the word about the importance of shorebird conservation through the conservation efforts of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper.
While they are traveling they try to get more and more donors to support the WWT project on the Spoonie. So what is happening there? A couple is collecting money for their travels under the umbrella of Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation? The truth is that this amazing couple spends its OWN money and time to find funds for the WWT’s Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Project. If we talk about addiction then Rick & Elis are definitely role models! I am lucky to know them and they are very close my family’s heart. Life often overwrites even the most perfect plans as it had happened to Rick and Elis. Due to a critical health issue of a very close family member they had to postpone some of the travels but the original idea is still the same, supporting the Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation efforts. We can show our sympathy to Rick and Elis by donating the Wader Quest Project in these difficult times with a donation of a price of a box of beer or whatever small or larger amount. That is absolutely a personal choice! At the time of writing £1,000.25 cash + £116.95 Gift Aid raised from ‘only’ 29 donors. All donations DIRECTLY go to WWT and in the meantime Rick and Elis make huge efforts to find funds for their travels, but that is a different story – as they said. I am pretty sure that there should be more than 29 people who wishes the Spoon-billed Sandpiper to be back from the brink of EXTINCTION!


Should you think this project is worth to support, please go to their JustGiving fundraising page:


Personally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Elis and Rick for setting up and running this ‘donation quest‘ for an impressive shorebird species, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper!
This article was originally posted by Gyorgy Szimuly at