Given to Fly
Australia lies at the end of a biological superhighway known as the East-Australasian flyway, with millions of migratory birds making their way from the Arctic to Australia each year.
The most recent data shows that some species of birds, such as the Eastern Curlew, which migrates 12,000 kilometres from Siberia to Australia, has declined by 80 per cent during the past 30 years.
"Shorebirds are fighting for their lives in Australia, as the nation's wetlands and coastal estuaries continue to be swallowed by development.
Experts believe as humans spread their towns and cities over Australia's estuarine environments, the competition for coastal habitats is becoming more intense, putting many species at risk of extinction."
..... "Lake Wollumboola on the south coast of NSW is home to more than 100 migratory and native bird species and is considered an internationally significant site.
It too, is in an area slated for development with a rezoning proposal and a possible 600 homes."
"It's death by a thousand cuts" ...... now where have I heard that before? :cat: :-C