The State of New Zealand’s Birds 2009

Conservation for Migrant Birds A report on migrant birds has been published by the Ornithological Society of New Zealand in September 2010 as part of its commitment to assist the conservation and management of birds by providing information, from which sound management decisions can be derived. The report emphasizes that international cooperation is required to strengthen the network of habitats for migratory birds because habitat loss along the flyway has been identified as a major threat to Northern Hemisphere shorebirds which spend the non-breeding season in New Zealand. It also encourages the New Zealand government to join the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership as to extend its involvement in international collaboration to conserve migratory waterbirds and their habitats. It includes key findings regarding potential impacts of climate change on migratory birds from loss of feeding and breeding grounds and high tide roosts, as well as potentially affecting migration routes due to changes in weather patterns.

The report can be downloaded at the website.

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