Seriously special sandpipers:
In March 2014, Flightpathproject visited the salt pans of Pak Thale in Thailand, to look for – and find! – the critically endangered Spoon-billed sandpiper: see https://flightpathproject.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/seriously-special-sandpipers/
Pak Thale is a vital staging ground on the sandpipers’ way to breed in Kamchatka, in the far east of Russia.
Image at wikipedia.com
Protection for the salt pans:
By the end of 2016, the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand is hoping to buy, manage and conserve the threatened salt pans for spoonies – and for the hundreds of thousands of other shorebirds – that use Pak Thale annually.
For more about the project see http://www.bcst.or.th/?page_id=4755&lang=en
Home away from home:
After a long flightpath – from Russia via London Heathrow to Gloucestershire, England – watch Spoon-billed sandpiper chicks hatch at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust http://www.wwt.org.uk