Feb

7

2022

Migration Overview

Please see the link below (you will have to copy and paste and you can then download a PDF) for an excellent and comprehensive overview of migration in the Pacific Basin citing all the latest research. A great read.

https://academic.oup.com/auk/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ornithology/ukab086/6523130?guestAccessKey=2d5348db-4cf7-4c0f-aadc-b8554b53bfad


Jan

31

2022

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

No mention of shorebirds anywhere in this talk!

But, I found it compelling and even a little bit uplifting.

Thanks to OBC for permission to share.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2ihd5A-cnk

Nov

22

2021

Supplementary feeding of Great Knot at a migration staging site.

Feeding birds is hardly a new concept.

I grew up in the UK and our gardens had bird feeders of some sort for as long as I can remember.

Millions of households across the world feed birds.

And there are some well-known ‘winter’ supplementary feeding programmes for swans, geese and cranes spread around the world.

However feeding migratory shorebirds at a  staging site during migration is, I am very sure, novel.

The attached paper is very interesting and very nicely marries straight up conservation with a scientific approach and the publication of a scientific paper to boot!

Novel indeed.

Nov

1

2021

A scanning trip

Here is a short report on a trip to Anna Plains dedicated purely to scanning for marked birds.

Nov

1

2021

Bar-tailed Godwit, new subspecies yamalensis

Following on from my recent email mentioning this paper having been represented in Graham Appleton’s Wadertales blog here is the published paper.

Sep

29

2021

Black-tailed Godwit bohaii

The newly described subspecies of the Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa bohaii

has had another paper published with details about its annual routines.

Sep

27

2021

Shorebirds with friends in high palces

Please see the attached for some positive news.

Aug

23

2021

piersmai Red Knot migration in the EAAF

The migration of Red Knots Calidris canutus piersmai, from Roebuck Bay and 80 Mile Beach has been a long term study. In recent years the establishment of a regular monitoring programme at the Luannan Coast, Bohai Bay, China by GFN and Beijing Normal and Forestry universities has shed some light on the northward migration. Then after many attempts with geolocators and satellite transmitters GFN published a paper with the work led by Eva Kok, Ginny Chan and Theunis Piersma.

And, now Eva has produced this beautiful visual depiction of Red Knots migrating north and south.

This graphic was produced using the R package moveVis (Schwalb-Willmann et al. 2020).

Schwalb-Willmann, J.; Remelgado, R.; Safi, K.; Wegmann, M. (2020). moveVis: Animating movement trajectories in synchronicity with static or temporally dynamic environmental data in R. Methods Ecol Evol. 2020; 11: 664–669. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13374

One aspect of the Red Knot migration, that we are certain is vital to the current populations and their migration strategies, is the distribution of the small bivalve Potamocorbula laevis. See the latest Bohai Northward Migration report recently posted and the paper led by Hebo Peng on the this topic Homogenizing effect of aquaculture on mudflat biodiversity China-Peng et al.

Aug

22

2021

The Clive Minton Discovery Centre

Please see the attached news item about some very exciting news for Broome Bird Observatory.

Aug

16

2021

Bohai Report 2021

Please find the GFN Bohai Report 2021 at the download button below. Of particular interest is the positive advancements with the establishment of the Wetland Park see page 27 and 28 for that. And I hope there will be much more to interest you throughout the report. Thank you to all the authors and particularly to Katherine Leung, Rainy Cai and Tong Mu for completing the field work component of the project.