The things you learn from newspapers

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Subject: The things you learn from newspapers
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:23:14 +1000
Today's edition of the age carried a story detailing the findings of a two year study of the "Mud Islands" in Port Phillip Bay [by Peter Menkhorst et. al] - .

The interesting part is:
"The 50-hectare islands, which sit near the mouth of the bay between Sorrento and Queenscliff, are home to 95,000 breeding pairs belonging to 11 species, according to results of the Department of Sustainability and Environment survey. Some birds - such as the bar-tailed godwit and grey plover - travel from Northern China and Siberia to breed there while others, such as the Australian pelican, are locals."

I expect the story author misunderstood the press release [or the author of the press release misunderstood the report], but I do wonder whether drastic environmental change might eventually result in some trans equatorial migratory species breeding in the south.

Regards, Laurie.


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