17 May 2018
Every year, migratory shorebirds travel extraordinary distances from as far as the eastern parts of Siberia to the Australian coast. The Gulf of Carpentaria’s south-east coast is a crucial stop for these birds, including critically endangered species like the Great Knot and Far Eastern Curlew. The birds use the Gulf’s expansive rivers and mudflats to feed, rest and prepare for continuing journeys north and south, and the region’s significance is recognised through its inclusion in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Site Network. Changes to freshwater flows could impact the ecological productivity of Gulf rivers, potentially affecting food availability and the shorebirds’ ongoing survival and health.Professor Michele Burford from Griffith University is leading a new Hub project to quantify the relative importance of the estuaries and mudflats of the south-east Gulf’s Gilbert, Mitchell and Flinders Rivers in terms of food resources for shorebirds. Identifying the rivers’ relative importance for these birds will help inform future water planning, environmental impact assessments and migratory shorebird habitat protection and management.
Hub researchers and Indigenous rangers have been working hard on the Gulf of Carpentaria’s coastline to assess mangrove recovery following […]
A new Hub project led by Graeme Gillespie from the NT’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources is trialling a […]
Hub leader Michael Douglas was recently invited to present in a special session on Biocultural Approaches in Freshwater Conservation at the Society for Freshwater Science […]
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