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New local bird guide to be launched

4 December, 2018

Birds of the Fraser Coast, a new guide to our diverse birdlife, will be officially launched in Hervey Bay tomorrow (Wednesday).

Councillor David Lewis said the Birdwatchers of Hervey Bay had published the guide in partnership with Fraser Coast Regional Council to give people a deeper appreciation of our region’s birds.
 
“Fraser Coast is home to an amazing variety of wildlife, particularly birds,” Cr Lewis said.  

“This region, including Fraser Island, Great Sandy Strait Ramsar sites, the Mary, Burrum and Cherwell Rivers, freshwater wetlands and a range of ecosystems, boasts more than 280 different bird species.  

“Of these, 24 species are listed as vulnerable or endangered, making their presence here even more important.”

Cr Lewis said our birds connect us to other parts of Australia, and even the rest of the world. 

“Our coastal mudflats and foreshore areas provide significant roosts for migratory shorebirds, thousands of which travel annually from their northern hemisphere breeding grounds to escape winter and feed here during our spring and summer. 

“Once the ice has melted and food is once again abundant in Siberia, Mongolia, Alaska and other northern hemisphere regions, the birds instinctively return to their birthplace to breed again.”

Cr Lewis said Birds of the Fraser Coast had taken over a year to produce and contains names, photos and information about the birds found in this region. 

“Local birdwatchers have kindly donated their photographs and knowledge to produce the guide that can be used and enjoyed by anyone with an interest in birds.” 

The book can be purchased from Council Customer Service Centres (MB and HB), Tourist Information Centres (HB and MB), Mary Ryan’s Bookshop, and at the Fraser Coast Community Nursery at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens on the first Thursday of each month between 9am to 11am.