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Help farewell the Shorebirds

You are invited to help BirdLife Australia and thousands of people across Australia to Farewell Australia’s amazing Shorebirds this April/May.

Every year from late March onwards, thousands of birds leave the shores of Australia to embark on their arduous 10,000km journey northwards to their breeding grounds in Siberia and the Arctic.

To celebrate this incredible journey, BirdLife Australia is launching an exciting nationwide event, Farewell Shorebirds, focusing on the fascinating lives of some of the 35 species of shorebirds. Farewell Shorebirds will run from mid-April until mid-May, concluding on World Migratory Bird Day (10 May). This campaign highlights the captivating story of the shorebirds’ annual global migration from Australia to the Arctic, and explores why the birds make this incredible journey and how they rely on Australia’s wetlands, coastlines and estuaries for their survival.

˜Farewell Shorebirds’ is an online campaign that will be supported by new and existing on-ground activity. People are invited to register online (www.farewellshorebirds.org.au) to follow up-to-date news of this year’s migration, receive weekly webcasts, find out about local birding activities and enter a draw for amazing prizes.

Image: Red-necked Stint Barrilier (©Andrew Silcocks/BirdLife Australia)



How can you help farewell the Shorebirds?

  • Register online to follow the amazing story and to secure your place in the draw for some amazing giveaways.
  • Mention the Farewell Shorebirds event in your e-news or newsletters, on your website or mention us on Facebook or Twitter (#farewellshorebirds).
  • Send out the webcasts to your supporters episodes one and two are available now!
  • Let your local community know about the campaign and local events by distributing promotional material to local outlets, community halls, schools, local community groups, letter boxes, notice boards and at events in the lead up and during the campaign.
  • Host an event to promote Shorebirds in Australia (also a great way to distribute the marketing collateral to the community).
  • Shoot back to anything you think you can do to help promote the ‘Farewell Shorebirds’ campaign Birdlife Australia!

If you would like to be kept up to date with event news and would like to distribute some flyers and posters [download] highlighting the campaign (bookmark-sized flyers  and A3 posters are available) please let contact Alana or Stacey.