Registration is now open for the 2018 Australasian Shorebird Conference, which is being held at the University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus, on the weekend of October 27 and 28, 2018.
Two days of oral presentations on research, conservation and management efforts on resident and migratory shorebirds will be given on the Conference theme, Losing their habitats – conservation and management strategies for migratory and resident shorebirds.
The deadline for submitting abstracts for oral presentations is 31 July. Please send your abstract to Eric Woehler as a Word file (.doc or .docx) with a title, author(s) and affiliations and no more than 150 words for the body of the abstract.
Learn about the valuable contribution of our New Zealand colleagues in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
This wonderful documentary demonstrates the achievements of this dedicated and tenacious NZ team and we congratulate them on their efforts. With the current political attention on this region, our challenge will be to preserve this vital refueling area.
View the TVNZ article and documentary.
Congratulations to the VWSG for winning the Victorian Coastal Award for Partnerships in Research and Monitoring (equal first with a combined team from Deakin Uni, Parks Vic and Uni of Melb for marine habitat amazing and monitoring). Find out more on the Victorian Coastal Council awards website.
Help Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists Trust create the world's biggest bird feeder!
An international effort to create possibly the largest ever supplementary feeding effort is underway - and its occurring at the Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists' Trust's sister site, Yalu Jiang National Nature reserve in Liaoning China.
The coldest winter in 49 years has led to the die-off of one of the most important food sources in the reserve, clams. This will have significant implications for 100,000+ Great Knots as well as the majority of New Zealnd's godwits on their way north, and expecting food to fatten up for the last leg of their journey to their breeding grounds. PMNT is collecting donations to purchase farmed shellfish to drop onto the mudflats.
Find out more and how you can help on the PMNT shorebird centre website.
April 3, 2018 - The 8th Year
And the exciting story of Bar-tailed Godwit TO continues. Today we saw TO for the 8th year in a row at the regular staging site Aphae Island, South Korea along with about 260 Godwit - 3 more orange flagged and one with a green flag. On the way to the site we saw also Orange-1E in Mokpo, a site that is about 16km from the site on Aphae Island. 1E visited Mokpo in 2013 and then every year was seen on Aphae Island; again a record indicating that the birds use all the sites in the region as one system.
Vale David Milton
28 April 1958 – 14 March 2018
Those that knew David Milton will be shocked to hear about his tragic passing recently. David was a member of the Queensland Wader Study Group (QWSG) as well as Birds Queensland. He was also Editor of the AWSG journal Stilt for many years, overseeing production of issues 33-44 between 1998 and 2003. David’s great contribution was through his expertise with data, but he was also an active organiser and participant in field surveys and catching. He will be sorely and sadly missed by many.
New photographic guide to the birds of China: Vol. 2 ShorebirdsThis new field guide by Lin Zhang has been recently published by The Straits Publishing and Distribution Group. The guide provides detailed, high quality photos of all recorded shorebird species in China, clearly pointing out key diagnostic features. Even without English translations, readers can still glean much from the images and pointers, and with the help of Google translate, key features can be easily determined. For shorebirders planning on travelling to China, this will be a worthy field companion.
11th Australasian Shorebird Conference 2018
Hobart, October 27 and 28
The 2018 Conference will be held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October at the Life Sciences Lecture Theatre 1 in the Life Sciences building at the Sandy Bay campus of University of Tasmania, Hobart. The conference will run between 9am and 5pm each days, with a dinner on the Saturday night. More details to come closer to the time.
China to scale back reclamation projects in the Yellow Sea
January 18, 2018
The Chinese government has announced that it will halt all ‘business-related’ land reclamation along its coast. This is a huge step forward for the conservation of migratory shorebirds (and other species) in the EAAF. Further details can be found on The People's Republic of China State Council website and the Xinhua News. See also Birding Beijing for a discussion about the implications of the proposed changes.
The VWSG is buoyed by this fabulous news. We would once again like to thank all the people in the Flyway who have tirelessly campaigned for changes to China's policy on coastal land reclamation.
Upcoming VWSG cannon netting Corner Inlet
Jan 29 to Feb 1 2018
Corner Inlet is always one of the VWSG's most exciting and beautiful catch locations. The meeting place is Manns Beach Hall, Melway map 928 E9, on Sunday 28th January between 5 and 6pm.
Please contact Penny Johns if you're interested in joining the catch.
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