This life-sized sculpture depicts the plight of the critically endangered Spoon-Billed Sandpiper. There are  felt to be less than 200 nesting pairs in Northern Asia. The chicks are under the protective wing for only 1-2 days after hatching.

This stunning creation is carved of a single piece of tupelo and painted with acrylics. It won a third place ribbon  at the 2013 Ward World Carving Championship in Ocean City, MD. It is in a private collection. It is approximately 4 inches high and 6 inches long.

The bird  can be seen in the following link      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0Mmd70n36w.