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Local Shorebird site manager receives national recognition.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2001

Senator John Tierney today congratulated local resident Mr Michael Murphy for his contribution to shorebird conservation as part of the East Asian-Australian Site Network.

Michael Murphy is one of 11 national site managers who will be presented with a certificate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to conservation and management of the migratory shorebird site at Kooragang Nature Reserve.

Kooragang Nature Reserve lies in the estuarine section of the Hunter River. It contains numerous wetland types. The area is ecologically diverse and represents a significant genetic pool for wetland species in the region. The Reserve and surrounding areas have become known as one of the most important bird study areas in New South Wales.

The area is extremely important as both a feeding and roosting site for a large seasonal population of Palaearctic waders and as a waylay site for migratory species. Migratory shorebird species found at the site include the Terek Sandpiper, Great Knot, Mongolian Plover and Black-tailed Godwit.

“Migratory shorebirds travel thousands of kilometres each year along routes called flyways, from the Artic, through Asia, to Australia,” Senator Tierney said.

“Wetlands along these flyways are used by the shorebirds as resting places to break up their great journeys.

“Kooragang Nature Reserve forms part of this Network and is vital for the survival of migratory shorebirds.”

Senator Tierney encouraged other interested members of the local community to become involved in caring for and nominating local sites to the Shorebird Site Network.

For more detailed information on your local Shorebirds and the Shorebird Site Network, please see: and for access to high resolution wetland and shorebird images, see the World Wetlands Day Media Page at

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