How a Small Army of Scientists Hopes to Save the World’s Rarest Sandpiper

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper, on the edge of extinction, is finally catching a break after scientists persuaded hunters to become fishermen instead.

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The Spoon-bill is considered the rarest sandpiper in the world. Photo: Sayam U. Chowdhury
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Lesser Sand-Plovers and other shorebirds are sold as meat in some Southeast Asian countries. Photo:Sayam U. Chowdhury
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A Lesser Sand-Plover caught in a noose trap. Photo: Sayam U. Chowdhury

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