BirdLifeâ€™s work to save two key resting and feeding sites in China, used by one of the worldâ€™s oddest and most appealing waterbirds is to receive support from Disneyâ€™s Friends for Change initiative.
The project, Â â€™Saving Spoonyâ€™s Chinese WetlandsÂ â€™Â will receive at least $25,000. But ifÂ childrenÂ around the world decide to give it their vote, that support could rise to $50,000, or even $100,000.
Spoony- the Spoon-billed Sandpiper- is one of the rarest birds in the world. It gets its name from its spoon-shaped beak, which it uses to pick up food from the mud left uncovered when the tide goes out.
Every year it flies over 9,000 km from the Arctic tundra in Russia, where it nests, to the tropics of southern Asia, where it spends the winter. Then, in spring, it flies all the way back again.
But the bird that carries its own cutlery is in danger of having nowhere to go to eat. The tidal mudflats it depends on to rest and refuel on its incredible journey are being drained and covered with houses and factories.
Fewer and fewer Spoon-billed Sandpipers make it back to breed each year, and unless we act quickly, this tough and determined little bird could soon be gone for ever. There may be as few as 400 left, down from 2,000 just 10 years ago. READ MORE…