Cranes and Wetlands

Introduction to the SIS-SG

Structure and goals

The IUCN Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group (SIS-SG) is a global network of scientists, conservationists, governmental and non-governmental institutions, and people committed to the scientific understanding and conservation of SIS species and their habitats.


This volunteer network of 75 experts focuses on 60 SIS species worldwide.


The SG is located at, and affiliated to, the Nature Conservation Foundation, the International Crane Foundation, and the Complutense University of Madrid.


The structure and goals of SIS-SG

The Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group  is part of the IUCN's Species Survival Commission's network. It is governed by two Co-chairs, and members from around the world.

Members are either invited or are introduced to us or contact us, and have demonstrated interest in understanding the ecology of SIS species, and/ or their conservation.

Together, we aim to:

1. work for the conservation of Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills (SIS), especially species of global conservation concern, but  not excluding common species.

2. facilitate exchange of scientific and conservation-related information on SIS species among members.

3. facilitate co-operative efforts for SIS species among conservationists and researchers.

4. provide support to research and conservation efforts on SIS species.

If you wish to know more, and wish to join us, you can contact us at storkibisspoonbill (at) gmail (dot) com.

The official website of the Specialist Group is maintained separately. We will use this space to only share projects and other activities of the SG that were conducted at, and supported via, the Nature Conservation Foundation.

The SIS-SG Logo

The logo was designed by Swati Kittur and Gopi Sundar. Additional tweaks by L. Shyamal and Team Conceptz and Beyond (New Delhi) helped provide a polished and usable logo.

The logo showcases: 

(1) endangered SIS species, represented by the Milky Stork;

(2) geographically restricted and poorly-studied species, represented by the Red-naped Ibis;

(3) very widespread species, represented by the Eurasian Spoonbill. 

The logo was unanimously approved by the membership and IUCN SSC in June 2016.

Below, you can see the official logo of the group, and one alternative that was created during the selection process.