Funding for migratory birds

Subject: Funding for migratory birds
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 10:16:27 +1100
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Publisher: Aap NewsWire
Publication: aap Australian General News (Sun 2 Feb 2003)
Keywords: Wildlife (1)
Edition: Both Cycles


CANBERRA, Feb 2 AAP - The federal government today announced $1 million in
Natural Heritage Trust funding to conserve migratory shorebirds.

Environment Minister David Kemp said more than two million migratory
shorebirds, of 36 species, each year migrated up to 25,000 kilometres
breeding grounds in Australia and the northern hemisphere.

He said the birds migrated along the East Asian-Australasian flyway, which
starts at breeding grounds in northern China, Mongolia, Siberia and Alaska
covers 20 countries in East Asia and the Pacific, before arriving in
and New Zealand.

Dr Kemp said along the way the birds relied on a network of important
sites to stop and feed and to build up stores of fat and protein for the
leg of their flight.

"Australia is leading international efforts in East Asia to conserve these
birds and the habitats vital to their survival," he said.

Dr Kemp said the funding would be used to develop a wildlife conservation
for migratory shorebirds.

He said data on shorebirds would be improved to better enforce laws to
the birds.

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