SwainReefs and Roseate Terns

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Subject: SwainReefs and Roseate Terns
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Wed, 08 May 2002 23:05:52 +1000
>From a news item quoted by Laurie Knight:

> Researchers now believe the entire Asian population of roseate terns, apart
> from first-year birds, flies to the Swain Reefs, 250km north-east of
 > Rockhampton, for its annual migration.
> Almost 25,000 birds were counted on six small coral cays during the seven-day
> survey in January.
> "This discovery is of special significance as the roseate tern is not yet
> included in the schedule of species covered under the Japan or China-Australia
> Migratory Bird Agreements," he said.
> "The agreements draw attention to the value of breeding, roosting and feeding
> grounds for migratory bird species, and ensure they are considered in any
> planning or environmental strategies."

And what rise in sea level would it take for the Swains to be completely
inundated at low tide?


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