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September 01, 2019 - New York Times

A Rare Greenshank Is Spotted in Russia

A Rare Greenshank Is Spotted in Russia
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For the first time in 40 years, researchers have studied Nordmann’s greenshanks, a rare shorebird that nests only in Russia.

The population of Nordmann’s greenshanks has been crashing in recent decades, as a result of hunting and wetland reclamation in coastal Asia. No more than 2,000 of the birds, also called the spotted greenshank, are believed to be left in the wild, said Jonathan Slaght, the Russia and Northeast Asia coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society, which helped lead the research effort.

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