Great shorebird migration under threat – The epic migration of shorebirds from Australia to their Arctic breeding grounds is in imminent danger of collapse

marcel klaassenAround Australia, curlew sandpiper numbers are declining 10 per cent a year, meaning it faces extinction within a decade, according to CIE’s director Marcel Klaassen.

The epic migration of shorebirds from Australia to their Arctic breeding grounds is said to be in imminent danger of collapse, as birds are disappearing by the tens of thousands on their globe-spanning flights, mainly because of the loss of all-important “refuelling” habitat.

The crisis was detailed at the 9th Australasian Shorebird Conference, hosted by the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Read all about it in The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald.