Oz to Lose Most Beach Nesting Birds This Century

Mon, 2008-08-18 06:08Emily Murgatroyd
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Oz to Lose Most Beach Nesting Birds This Century

Migratory birds are the “canary in the mine” for the Australia’s coastal zones, Eric Woehler from Birds Australia has told the House of Representatives Climate Change, the Environment and Arts Committee.

“I’ve been involved in coastal research and coastal management in Tasmania now for 30 years, working both on shore birds and sea birds and in the 30 years that I’ve been involved in I’ve seen at a state level average a loss of 50 per cent of the numbers of birds and the mix of birds,” he said.

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Sounds like anecdotal crap to me. I would like to see the published census information before I believe that rubbish.

There has been a decline in migratory bird populations in northwestern Australia. Not due to climate change but due to habitat destruction in the birds summer habitat in the northern hemisphere.

“I would like to see the published census information before I believe that rubbish.” But you’re prepared to call it rubbish before you’ve seen the data. Hmmm.

Woelher may be right in his assessment. However, I think that you have implied that this is due to Global Warming. No such thing was said by him in your article. I re-iterate that migratory bird decline is mostly due to habitat destruction and sea bird decline due to excessive fishing activity particularly with longlining and drift netting.