We've brought you news on this blog about the captive breeding of spoon-billed sandpipers, stories from their wintering grounds, and the issues affecting their migration routes. Now we have another important tool for conservation, a programme called 'head start'. This project aims to find the best ways to release captive-bred birds in the future, and involves perfecting methods for rearing birds in captivity on the remote Russian tundra.
You can read more about this interesting work here in the RSPB News pages.
For all your spoon-billed sandpiper needs (updates, video etc) visit the Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper website.
You can also download the full IUCN report on the East Asian coastal wetlands here and a shorter leaflet here.