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Migratory shorebirds and tidal flats (series)
Read more about shorebirds, tidal flats and other wetlands under Ramsar listed wetlands of international importance.

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Shore birds: making the most of living in a crowd

Migratory shore birds gather in their many thousands on mudflats, sand bars and river banks. Somehow, they are able to live cooperatively and peacefully in close proximity to birds of their own and many other species. This has many advantages for individual birds. Field Ornithologist Ricki Coughlan reveals more of the amazing lives of migratory shore birds.
The Global Flyway Network: a shore thing

Track work

Chris Hassell, from the Global Flyway Network, looks at new research into the migratory shorebirds that inhabit Roebuck Bay at this time of the year.The satellite transmitter work uses newly developed, light weight solar-powered backpack harnesses suitable for both the larger birds (such as the Bar-tailed godwit), and now, for a medium sized bird, the Great knot. The Great knots are fitted with handmade transmitters that only weigh 5gm, an innovative product of the company Microwave Telemetry. The Great knot is under enormous pressure, affected by the loss of mudflats in the Yellow Sea in China, so this satellite tracking will give a detailed insight into how individual birds use the Yellow Sea and Roebuck Bay.
Banding together: keeping track of migratory travellers

DVD of an actual cannon netting operation on Roebuck Bay, led by shorebird researcher Chris Hassell.
More GFN research: red knots and two flyways

Dr Jutta Leyrer's research into shorebirds and especially red knots has taken her, like these migratory travellers, around the world and across two global flyways.
Flyway travellers' high energy lifestyles

The only constant in a migratory shorebird's life is constant change - feathers, body proportions, feeding time and location.
Muddy waters: Bohai Bay 2012 update

Chris Hassell, from the Global Flyway Network, brings the latest news from China on migratory shorebird habitats, under threat from development. There's a glimmer of hope, with the strong involvement of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) China and Wetlands International in efforts to conserve sufficient of the wetlands for migratory shorebirds use.
2011: Clear as mud: the future of the Bohai mudflats

Chris Hassell's annual update on the dwindling mudflats on the Yellow Sea and the effects on Red Knots
Red Knot 2010 update from China

Bo Hai Bay 2009: Another knotty problem

The shrinking habitat for our Red Knots in China
Canon netting capture on Roebuck Bay

The Great Knot's Yellow Sea Peril

The inside story of satellite tracking

Fast tracking - shorebirds on the move

Frequent flyers - migratory shorebirds in Sydney

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