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    12052: Building community involvement in protecting the internationally threatened shorebirds of Roebuck Bay

    Roebuck Bay is ranked in the top eight shorebird migratory stopover sites in the world. Courtesy Barbara Morrell, State NRM Office.
    Roebuck Bay is ranked in the top eight shorebird migratory stopover sites in the world. Courtesy Barbara Morrell, State NRM Office.

    This project aims to protect the internationally recognised value of Roebuck Bay for threatened migratory shorebirds by working with the community on promoting responsible and sustainable use of the area.

    Yawuru Rangers, Conservation Volunteers and members of the Broome Bird Observatory will engage the local community and tourists at information days on the beach during Migration Watch.

    Key messages include:

    • importance of Roebuck Bay and the Broome Bird Observatory in the protection of migratory shorebirds
    • why we need to look after shorebirds and what can be done to help
    • decline in habitat and disturbance of roosting areas
    • effects that 4-wheel-drives, fisher people and dogs can have on shorebirds and sea turtles during the nesting and hatching seasons
    • responsible 4-wheel-drive use on beaches
    • responsible pet ownership and dog friendly beaches

    Telescopes, binoculars and identification resources will be available during the information days for public use, to help educate and encourage appreciation of resident and migratory shorebirds.

    Investment: $ 10 940
    Delivery organisation: Broome Bird Observatory
    Project duration: March 2013 - October 2014
    Location: Broome Bird Observatory in the township of Broome and Roebuck Bay

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