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March 2015

 Conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in our Flyway sometimes seems like an uphill battle as we struggle to come to terms with the latest information on reclamation of inter-tidal areas and degradation of key sites. To leaven the doom-and-gloom aspects of some of our work, participants in the 8th Meeting of Partners (MOP8) recently held in Japan, suggested that we highlight some “good news” stories. These successes make us feel our work is worthwhile and having an impact and send a positive message. The increase in the global population of Black-faced Spoonbill from less than 500 individuals twenty years ago to over 2,700 in the 2013-2014 winter represents such a success story. It seemed the population was levelling off in recent winters but the results of the latest survey in January 2015 revealed a 20% jump in numbers, surpassing 3,000 birds for the first time. Despite the good news, we must not let up in our efforts to conserve this species, both on its breeding grounds and at wintering sites. The EAAFP Black-faced Spoonbill Working Group, formally established at MOP8, has been very active in developing a work program to better understand the ecology, movements and conservation of Black-faced Spoonbills throughout the Flyway.

 Spoon-billed Sandpiper is another species that has received a great deal of attention to boost breeding numbers and identify and conserve key sites throughout the Flyway. But many challenges remain to save this bird and a statement endorsed by all Partners at MOP8 identified the need to significantly ramp up actions to meet international obligations to secure the future of this species.

 As I write, the first intrepid Bar-tailed Godwits and Eastern Curlews have already arrived on the Songdo mudflats and Black-faced Spoonbills have returned to their breeding islands here in Korea. It is encouraging that more and more welcoming events, bird festivals, tracking studies and media commentaries are highlighting the wonder of this annual migration and raising awareness and appreciation of the need to save these birds and the places they depend on to complete their journeys. The EAAFP Secretariat is developing a #WelcomeWaterbirds webpage to document these efforts and follow the migration. We welcome your suggestions and input to develop and expand this initiative. The World Migratory Bird Day materials to celebrate migration in EAAF will be soon on our website. Please assist us in translation of the materials into your own languages.

Spike Millington
Chief Executive

Partnership News

Partnership News

  • AMBI Workplan approved by CAFF Board and Senior Arctic officials of the Arctic Council Click
  • MOP8 minutes draft available on the web Click
  • New pages for Initiatives (AMBI, Caring for Coasts) Click
  • Minseon Kim goes to Washington Click
  • Towards sustainable management of huntable migratory waterbirds in Europe Click

Working Groups & Task Forces

Black-faced Spoonbill Working Group
  • Result of the International Black-faced Spoonbill Census 2015 Click
Seabird Working Group
  • Promoting the conservation of EAAF seabirds at the 42nd Pacific Seabird Group Annual Conference Click
Shorebirds Working Group
  • To add your name to EAAF Shorebirds Working Group email list serve, click here and sign in. The website also shows how to post messages to the list serve.
  • Hundreds of migratory birds tagged on Western Australia's 80 Mile Beach by volunteer researchers Click
Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force
  • Scaly-sided Merganser Single Species International Action Plan – 2nd workshop Click
Far-eastern Curlew Task Force
  • Far-eastern Curlew Task Force established Click

Flyway Network Sites

Photo Updates for EAAFP Flickr
  • EAAF115 Izu-numa and Uchi-numa (Japan) Click
  • EAAF120 South East Gulf of Carpentaria Karumba Smithburne (DeltaDowns) (Australia) Click
  • EAAF121 Pak Thale – Laem Phak Bi (Thailand) Click
  • EAAF122 Khok Kham (Thailand) Click

Secretariat News

  • Join the #WelcomeWaterbirds campaign! Click
  • Open Lecture by Dr Hiromi Yamashita: Planning Invisible Landscapes Click
  • EAAFP Interns’ first birdwatching in Songdo, Incheon, South Korea Click

Upcoming Events

  • 21 Mar–19 Apr: Farewell Shorebirds Click
  • 9-10 May: World Migratory Bird Day Click
  • 22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity Click
  • 1-9 Jun: Ramsar COP12 (in Punta del Este, Uruguay) Click
  • 5 Jun: World Environment Day [UNEP] Click
  • 23-25 Sep: Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force workshop on the Single Species International Action Plan (in Vladivostok, Russia) Click
To see more events, please click here.

Related News

Wetlands and Migratory Waterbirds

  • Reclamation in the Yellow Sea is the main cause of the decline of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Korea) Click
  • Disappearing arctic ponds could affect threatened ducks Click
  • Chinese Ambassador farewells godwits (New Zealand) Click
  • The New Dove of Peace (China) Click
Migratory Waterbird Sightings
  • Welcome Shorebirds: Songdo, South Korea, 7th March 2015 Click
  • 10 Far-eastern Curlews and 300 Eurasian Curlews at Seocheon tidal flat, South Korea Click
  • The migration of Hooded Cranes in South Korea Click
  • More than 10,000 Relict Gulls now on the coast near Tianjin, China. More than half the known world population! Click
Spoon-billed Sandpiper
  • New Spoon-billed Sandpiper site discovered in Bangladesh Click
  • Birding abroad From the brink: saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Click
Baer’s Pochard
  • Identification of Baer’s Pochard and Baer’s-type Birds Click
CEPA – Participation! 
  • Farewell Shorebirds Click
  • B.I.R.D.S. Club: What birds do you know? (Republic of Korea) Click
  • List of new Scientific Articles Mar 2015 Click
  • Other online resources Click

News in other languages

Republic of Korea

  • 사라져가는 철새들의 쉼터 기사읽기
  • 섬의 생태적 정체성 기사읽기
  • 세계적 멸종위기 저어새, 인천이 책임진다 (Incheon City Government's efforts to conserve Black-faced Spoonbill) 기사읽기
  • 대전 최초 멸종위기종 호사비오리 월동 확인 (Scaly-sided Merganser spotted in Daejeon, South Korea for the first time in 17 years) 기사읽기


  • 18年生き延びたダイゼン!(A photo of a Grey Plover more than 18 years old!) 読む


  • 跟着大雁去迁徙 >更多信息
  • 两会速递 | 吕忠梅代表:潮间带滩涂正成为地方利益牺牲品 更多信息

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