Migratory shorebird seminar, 19 July, Sydney

Subject: Migratory shorebird seminar, 19 July, Sydney
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 14:28:43 +1000

Status and Management of Migratory Shorebirds in Sydney
19 July 2002, Novotel Homebush Bay, Sydney Olympic Park

A seminar to discuss the status of migratory shorebirds (waders) in the
Sydney region and the management implications in a city of four million people

Presented by:
Millennium Parklands for Sydney Olympic Park Authority
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
NSW Wader Study Group

Each year millions of migratory shorebirds (waders) fly to Australia from
their breeding grounds in the Arctic Tundra of Alaska and Siberia as well
as China and other parts of Asia.  Many thousands make NSW their home for
seven months of the year and many thousands more fly through the state on
their way to summer feeding grounds in Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand.
We have no idea just how many shorebirds actually depend on our estuaries
at some time during their migration.

Shorebirds depend largely on intertidal mudflats and the muddy margins of
wetlands in which to feed during their time in Australia.  These are
precisely the kind of habitats that have been targeted for land filling and
development since European settlement.  Sydney has probably experienced the
greatest loss percentage wise, of shorebird habitat than any other part of
Australia, and numbers of migratory shorebirds in Sydney have declined in
recent decades.

Status and Management of Migratory Shorebirds in Sydney


09:30 - 10:30 Session 1 "Migratory Shorebirds and their habitat"

Migratory Shorebirds - The Flyway & Conservation Action
Doug Watkins, Wetlands International - Oceania

The Decline of Shorebirds In the Sydney Region
Phil Straw, NSW Wader Study Group

10:30 - 11:00   MORNING TEA

11:00 - 13:00 Session 2 "Solutions and Responsibilities"

Environmental Changes: The less obvious impacts of human settlement
Neil Saintilan, Australian Catholic University

Intertidal Management Issues: The enigma of mangroves
Tracey McDonald, NSW Fisheries

Australia Protecting Migratory Shorebirds: International initiatives and
the EPBC Act
Trixi Maddon, Wetlands Unit, Environment Australia

NSW State Legislation & Shorebird Protection
Graham Wilson, National Parks & Wildlife Service

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH

14:00 - 15:30 Session 3 "Working Towards the Future"

Planning for Habitats
Andrew Bryant, Planning NSW

Habitat Restoration - trials, tribulations & successes
Phil Straw, Avifauna Research & Services

Shorebird Conservation at Sydney Olympic Park
Swapan Paul, Kerry Darcovich & Judy Harrington
Millennium Parklands, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

15:30 - 15:45   AFTERNOON TEA

15:45 - 17:00 Workshop and Discussion

The way forward: habitat protection, restoration and disturbance minimisation


17:30 - 19:00 Parklands evening walk
Join the staff of Millennium Parklands for an evening walk, with drinks and


Speakers will provide up to date information on subjects including:

· What are the habitat needs of shorebirds
· What is causing their decline
· Legislative mechanisms for conservation
· Case studies of habitat protection and management

Participants in the workshop session will consider options for the future
management of shorebirds and their habitats - identifying solutions to turn
the tide of their decline.  Outcomes of this session will be documented,
and distributed to participants.

The seminar is funded and supported by Millennium Parklands for the Sydney
Olympic Park Authority, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and NSW
Wader Study Group

Who should attend?

Anyone responsible for managing shorebirds and their habitat or with an
interest in conservation of these birds, including: estuary, coastal and
wetland managers; planners; consultants; volunteers; engineers, scientists
and conservationists.

About the venue

The Novotel Homebush Bay is located at Olympic Boulevard, a 2 minute walk
from Olympic Park Railway Station.  Several bus routes service the site,
casual parking is available for $2 per hour or $10 per day maximum.

For further information: Parklands Bookings
Ph:61-2-9714 7300; Fax 61-2-9714 0140;

Registration Form

When completed a copy of this Registration Form constitutes a GST Inclusive
Tax Invoice.  Sydney Olympic Park Authority ABN 68 010 941 405

Given Name      
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Special requirements    

I will / will not be attending the evening Parklands walk on 19 July

Fees (registrations close 12 July; refund is conditional.  Fees include
lunch, seminar materials and evening Parklands walk)

$110.00 per person (GST inclusive)


Payment Options (please tick)
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Credit Card Details
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Please make cheques payable to Sydney Olympic Park Authority and send with
your registration details to Parklands Bookings, Sydney Olympic Park
Authority, Locked Bag 3, Homebush Bay 2127.

Hugo Phillipps
Communications Coordinator
Birds Australia
415 Riversdale Road
HAWTHORN EAST 3123, Australia
Tel: (03) 9882 2622, fax: (03) 9882 2677
Email: <>
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