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Life along land's edge


 
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At the 2008 Ramsar Conference in South Korea, Invisible Connections was launched.  A comprehensive and truly beautiful journey into the lives of shorebirds on their travels between the Arctic and their wintering sites in the southern hemisphere, with a focus on the Yellow Sea stopover sites. The author, photographer Jan van de Kam, was joined by a team of contributors, some of whom he has previously published. 

Life along land's edge is such a collaborative effort. 
It focusses on the life and struggles of wildlife on Roebuck Bay in Western Australia. This is the principle wintering site for many of the migrants that use the Yellow Sea as a stopover on their way back to the Arctic. As a result it takes a closer look at the wintertime lives  of the flyway travellers presented in Invisible Connections.
In this short soundfile, two of the authors of Life along land's edge (Petra de Goeij and Theunis Piersma) describe how a small team of local and international scientists who meet up in Roebuck Bay, to wade and work in often thigh deep silky smooth mud, came to create this engrossing account of a very unusual and facinating corner of Australia. 

The book is available from the Broome Bird Observatory website.


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Why so biodiverse? Rich pickings in the Roebuck Bay mud Left behind? Shorebirds at Roebuck Bay in winter

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