Good South Australian shorebird news

This video says about itself:

The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary- BirdLife Australia

24 March 2015

Just north of Adelaide, on the east coast of Gulf St Vincent, lies one of South Australia’s most important areas for migratory and resident shorebirds. Dubbed the “Samphire Coast” for its vast network of natural samphire saltmarshes, the area supports nationally and internationally significant numbers of migratory and resident shorebirds and has been recently gazetted by the state as the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.

52 shorebird species, including 37 migratory species, have been recorded in the Samphire Coast where they benefit from a unique mix of natural and artificial habitats including: Extensive tidal mudflats, saltmarshes, tidal creeks and estuaries, stormwater detention wetlands, effluent water treatment ponds and commercial saltfields.

To learn about BirdLife Australia’s continuing conservation work in the area and more, visit here.

From BirdLife:

Shorebirds gain new sanctuary in South Australia

By Sean Dooley, Wed, 02/12/2015 – 21:14

Paul Sullivan, CEO of BirdLife Australia, welcomed the announcement from SA Environment Minister, Mr Ian Hunter, that the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary will be proclaimed a National Park.

Mr Hunter told the crowd gathered at the Adelaide Flyway Festival in October that the government would also pursue a nomination for the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary to be acknowledged as a site of significance in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway.

The world’s shorebirds are in crisis. According to BirdLife Australia, their populations have collapsed in recent years, and nowhere has this has been highlighted more than in Australia.

Most migratory shorebirds we see in Australia make an astounding migration from Siberia and Alaska each year, an arduous journey along the ‘East Asian–Australasian Flyway’ through China, Korea and South East Asia to spend the summer in Australia.

All along the Flyway, they are losing the habitats they rely on to survive. Their plight was recognised at the Flyway Festival held on the shores of Gulf St Vincent at Adelaide’s St Kilda foreshore.

“Our shorebirds are in big trouble,” said Paul Sullivan, CEO of BirdLife Australia. “We must be driven by a positive future for shorebirds. We need champions to fight the silent shorebirds crisis.”

Mr Sullivan acknowledged that shorebird conservation was an international issue, and that countries along the flyway need to step up to conserve these birds whose travels span the globe, although it is also crucially important to deal with local issues in Australia too.

The newly established Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary was an important first step, he said.

“The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is a role model for other states. We need more protected shorebird sites in every state and the Northern Territory.”

“If Australia, as a nation, steps up and plays a leadership role in shorebird conservation at home, we will gain the moral authority to ask China and Korea to do the right thing.”

Mr Sullivan highlighted that conservation organisations, such as BirdLife Australia, community groups, experts and governments must work together in a coherent partnership if they are to achieve any positive change, he said.

“If we can articulate together how we will make a difference, we can inspire people to help make it happen.”

Australia is a stunning birding destination, but with more than 700 bird species, many of which are endemic to the region, it can also be an overwhelming one. Whether birders are residents familiar with their local birds, just getting started birding or visitors with no experience with Australian species, Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide is a comprehensive and visually stunning resource: here.

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