Understanding the movements of migratory birds is only possible because dedicated people spend many hours observing and keeping records. Adrian Riegen is using a spotting scope to identify individual birds from their colour bands. He collates all the data on wader sightings in the North Island from observers. He also set up a sister-site agreement between Miranda on the Firth of Thames and an important staging site at Yalu Jiang in China, where thousands of New Zealand godwits refuel on their northward migration.
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