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Weʼre raising £8,690 to research on waders in one of the last under-surveyed areas of the Western Palearctic

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The western Caspian coast of Azerbaijan is an important stop-over site for migrating waders, with Gyzylagach State Reserve holding the highest numbers of them. Despite the importance of this area it is under-surveyed, as the last counts took part in 1990. According to recent publications, 53% of the wader species of the West-Asian/East-African-flyway have negative population trends.

With this project I want to contribute to the conservation of Steppe Whimbrels, which population is estimated at 100 birds or fewer, and the rapidly declining eastern population of Black-tailed Godwits. I want to use satellite telemetry to identify migration routes as well as wintering- and breeding grounds of these two species.

Additionally I want to conduct several counts of resting waders in the area, to bring the 20-year-old data up-to-date.

Within this project, several conservation approaches are combined. Standard wader counts and species-specific research tasks will reveal an enormous increase of the preliminary knowledge of this area. This will help to understand the threats of the populations of Black-tailed Godwits and Steppe Whimbrels, which will lead to a direct conservation output.

Furthermore, environmental education provides the possibility of long-term conservation efforts in this region.

Your support will help to provide recent data from this under-surveyed area of the Western Palaearctic. You can contribute to the conservation of these charismatic species and even adopt a Black-tailed Godwit or Steppe Whimbrel. By donating the costs of a backpack, you can name a bird and follow its journey. For further information please take a look at the project description and don´t hesitate to contact me.
The waders and I are deeply grateful!
Project description:
http://www.waderquest.org/2017/04/research-on-waders-in-one-of-last-under.html

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  • Christoph Himmel

    Christoph Himmel

    17 days ago

    Christoph Himmel

    Some GREAT NEWS! We got a much better price for the car! Regarding the transmitters we decided to just use four, to adjust the amount of money which is needed for the project. So we focus now more on providing good data with counts to justify further research in this area and tag less birds and then come back maybe in 2018 with some more transmitters. So the goal is in now within reach but there are still some money needed, so please donate and share this project.

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  • Christoph Himmel

    Christoph Himmel

    17 days ago

    Christoph Himmel

    A pic of my last visit in Azerbaijan in the end of April me and some friends participated at the BirdCamp at Besh Barmag migration bottleneck. This time there was no bird with characteristics of ssp. alboaxillaris but maybe in July. :) As we see on one possible Steppe Whimbrel in Austria there are a lot of uncertainties about this subspecies. So support this project if you want to get new information about these birds and of course also to support the Black-tailed Godwit and all other waders which are migrating through Azerbaijan.

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    Christoph Himmel

    2 months ago

    Christoph Himmel

    This is the other fascinating target species of this project, Steppe Whimbrel on the right side.

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  • Tomas Axén Haraldsson

    Tomas Axén Haraldsson

    Apr 27, 2017

    This is SO good and the potential and wider context makes is very exciting. We´ll be with you in this :)

    £30.00

  • Lea Savelsberg

    Lea Savelsberg

    Apr 20, 2017

    Go for it !!!! ;)

    £50.00

  • Michael Heiss

    Michael Heiss

    Apr 16, 2017

    Good luck!

    £100.00

  • Kai Gauger

    Kai Gauger

    Apr 13, 2017

    £30.00

  • Wader Quest

    Wader Quest

    Apr 13, 2017

    Good luck with the fundraising!

    £50.00

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