conservation

Print to support shorebird habitat preservation

My newest print to benefit conservation efforts is this 2014 gouache painting of a Semipalmated Sandpiper with American Avocets (more info about my gouache technique here). This is a common scene in the Mississippi River Delta region, where catfish ponds and other managed wetlands create habitat for large numbers of American Avocets, migrating Semipalmated Sandpipers, …

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Hummingbird Art Auction to benefit Paton’s Birder Haven

Auction closed with a winning bid of $1660! Thanks to everyone for your support. And you can still make a donation at the ABC website here. Like so many other birders, I’ve had the great pleasure of sitting and birding in the Paton’s backyard sanctuary in Patagonia, Arizona, where Violet-crowned Hummingbird is one of the …

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Thailand Sandpiper Info Center – Grand Opening

Thanks to all who donated (and to Audubon California for facilitating), the Sandpiper Information Center at Pak Thale is ready for its grand opening on 26 June! The center will be managed by the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand and will provide information about Spoon-billed Sandpipers and other rare species for visiting birders and local …

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New efforts to save Spoon-billed Sandpiper

There is more evidence of the dire situation with Spoon-billed Sandpiper – efforts are currently underway to develop a captive-breeding population. A team led by staff from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and Birds Russia, along with several other international organizations, is currently in Siberia working to locate and capture a small number of …

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Salt pans and sandpipers

The benefit auction concluded in Feb 2011 (more information in a post here) is all about protecting salt pans in Thailand that are critical wintering habitat for many species of shorebirds including Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Protecting wintering habitat is particularly important for shorebirds, because many of them spend eight or nine months of each year there.  …

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New York Times on windows and birds

An article in the Aug 28, 2010 edition of the New York Times – Warning to Birds: All-Glass Buildings Ahead – describes recent developments in window technology to prevent bird collisions, which is very encouraging because it demonstrates a recognition of the issue by the major news media and by industry. Thanks to the work being done …

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Why is Spoon-billed Sandpiper disappearing?

Spoon-billed Sandpiper populations have been declining for decades, but the reasons are still unclear. Update September 2010 – My conclusion below is that climate change is likely to be the cause of declines, but recently Zockler et al (pdf here) concluded that hunting on the wintering grounds is a more significant threat. Apparently fledging rates at …

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