Thanks to recent posts, we now have a better idea of the dire threats to
shorebirds that use the local flyway. What needs to happen is not just Chris
and Adrian's science, but action of a political nature if we are to have any
hope of affecting this ongoing loss of habitat.
The time to wring our hands and say "heartbreaking" is over: there are things
we must do - if we have the will. We can get organised, sign petitions, lobby
political parties, inform the public, exert pressure via boycotts of products.
Has anyone thought of doing these things? Can we live with ourselves with the
knowledge we just didn't try?
Laurie Levy's 20-year campaign to end shooting of native waterbirds in
Australia has borne fruit; already three states have banned it (though not yet
Victoria). His efforts should be an example to us all.
As with shorebirds, so with other threatened species. Unless we bring their
plight to the public's attention, predicted population crashes of many common
species are going to happen, hidden, unremarked on, silent - and ignored.
Can we afford not to take action?
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