Gerrit Vyn Photography –

Gerrit Vyn is a conservation and wildlife photographer and cinematographer dedicated to telling the stories of endangered animals and habitats. He is a producer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers

Virtually the entire Alaska breeding population of Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica) are forced into a tiny area of intertidal mudflats at high tide. The highest tides push them inland to contend with powerlines and an industrialized landscape.  Reclamation of mudlflats and pollution threaten this critical migratory stopover location. This is the gowits only stop on a northward migration from New Zealand to Alaska each spring. Without what remains the population will perish. Yalu Estuary, China. May.
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Virtually the entire Alaska breeding population of Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica) are forced into a tiny area of intertidal mudflats at high tide. The highest tides push them inland to contend with powerlines and an industrialized landscape. Reclamation of mudlflats and pollution threaten this critical migratory stopover location. This is the gowits only stop on a northward migration from New Zealand to Alaska each spring. Without what remains the population will perish. Yalu Estuary,...
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Keywords:
China
East Asian Australasian Flyway
Great Knot
Liaoning Dandong
Yalu Estuary
Yalu Jiang
Yalujiang Nature Reserve
Yellow Sea
air quality
calidris tenuirostris
climate change
coal
coastal
cranes
critical habitat
development
flight
flock
industry
intertidal zone
migration
mudflats
murmuration
pollution
port
power plant
reclamation
shorebird habitat
smoke