Dim the lights for birds at night: Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day

Each year from September to March, tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds make their way to the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland. It’s a long trip with some birds flying over 13,000 km to get here, so when they arrive they are hungry! They rest and fatten up before heading north to breed.

We are working with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Noosa Integrated Catchment Assoc Inc (NICA) the Queensland Wader Study Group, and the University of Queensland on projects to protect shorebirds across the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland.

This year’s World Migratory Bird Day theme is focused on light pollution. Pollution from artificial light can attract and disorient migrating birds, depleting their vital energy reserves, altering their behaviour, and causing fatal collisions.

Light pollution is just one of many threats faced by migratory birds in South East Queensland. You can do your part to protect shorebirds by:

  • Keeping dogs on a leash when visiting areas where shorebirds nest.
  • Putting rubbish in the bin.
  • Avoiding driving on beaches during the shorebird season (September – March).
  • Keeping cats inside and reporting sightings of feral animals such as foxes, cats and pigs to local government.


Learn more: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/


This project is supported by Healthy Land & Water, through funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund.

This project is supported by Healthy Land & Water, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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