Darwin’s Shoal Bay is a globally recognised Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) for Migratory shorebirds and owing to its vicinity to Darwin it is the most important window on migratory shorebird populations on the NT coast. Like many of Australia’s Northern Coast it is not only a stopover site for birds on their journey from and to the arctic but also a place where young birds not yet strong enough for the full journey will stay during winter.
The funds raised through the Twitchathon will help BirdLife Australia new local Top End branch buy a much-needed Telescope to train and grow our local team of counters. It will also help them to support the Larrakia Rangers, who won the 2019 BirdLife Indigenous Grant for Bird Research and Conservation for their work looking after Shoal Bay.
The new knowledge of Shoal Bay shorebirds will help with managing local threats and will fill some critical gaps in our ability to gauge the population trajectory for some of our most threatened species such as Great Knots and Eastern Curlews.