Today bird lovers across the globe are celebrating World Migratory Bird Day – and with good reason. The staggering feats of endurance undertaken each year by our migratory birds are some of the marvels of the natural world.
Over the last five months, BirdLife Australia has made a concerted effort to raise the profile of our often forgotten migratory shorebirds, ensuring that when they leave each April and May they have a home to return to the following spring.
As you know, we recently convened an international summit of experts, policymakers and volunteers to implement the recently released Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds.
With the help of the Australasian Wader Studies Group and our wonderful volunteers, we successfully attached satellite transmitters to five Grey Plovers to track their migration for the very first time.
We developed Australia’s first interactive Migratory Shorebird Conservation Map to demonstrate not only the areas where shorebirds are in trouble but also the pockets of community success.
But for all our successes, this day is also marked with sadness.
For the second year running, World Migratory Bird Day coincides with the Australian Government adding more migratory shorebirds to the official threatened species list. This listing is a solemn reminder that despite our collective efforts, there is still much work to be done.
For example, land reclamation at Toondah Harbour in Queensland’s Moreton Bay threatens to destroy critical habitat at this internationally recognised Ramsar site, while urban development at Moolap near Geelong in Victoria endangers the habitat of thousands of migratory shorebirds that visit each year.
With the help of dedicated people like you, BirdLife Australia has been a strong voice for our migratory shorebirds and this World Migratory Bird Day, will continue to ensure that while they are gone, they are certainly not forgotten.
Thank you for your support!