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The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation recently engaged in an international collaboration with scientists from BirdsRussia, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to assess the breeding status of one of the world's most endangered shorebirds, the spoon billed sandpiper. Dan Catlin and colleagues in FWC will coordinate efforts in Russia to survey potential breeding locations for these birds, facilitating a captive rearing program that has had a demisable impact on the dwindling population breeding in Siberia. Photo credit: Iosif Kaurov