Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group


This Group has established itself as a central group to bring people together working on the conservation of Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills, facilitate communication and enhance co-operative conservation efforts. Many people look at the Group in this way. Through co-operation, the Group can achieve the greatest conservation.

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1. To work for the conservation of Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills (and other waterbirds).
2. To monitor the status of the species, with particular interest on endangered species but following all species.
3. To facilitate co-operative efforts for these birds among conservationists and researchers.
4. To provide support to conservation efforts: e.g. contacts, information, etc.

5. To provide critical monitoring and other information to Wetlands International, BirdLife International and IUCN.



There are two Chairs, 12 Co-ordinators and 850–950 members and correspondents. The Chairs respond to inquiries, follow the status of the birds, try to facilitate communication and contribute to conservation efforts. The choice of Co-ordinators was made on their strong interest, involvement with species of interest and geographic area of activity. The members are a diverse group: everyone who is working on or interested in these birds. As would be expected, some are more active and others less so; activity patterns change over time. 
Group Co-ordination: Co-Chair 
Wim van den Bossche(Geographic Area: Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.) 

Luis Santiago Cano (Geographic Area: North America, Asia, Latin America, Africa). Dr. Santiago Cano replaces the late Malcolm Coulter (Geographic Area: North America, Asia, Latin America, Africa) see biography.



In the 1980s and 1990s, a network of 850–950 members was established. We are in the process of updating this.