After flying return trips of 20,000 kilometres, migratory shorebirds will be welcomed to Moreton Bay at a free event in Cleveland. Each year the adult birds fly thousands of kilometres to breeding grounds in places such as Siberia and Alaska. Then they return to their feeding areas in the southern hemisphere, usually to the same place every year. Welcome Back Shorebirds celebrates the return of these long-distance flyers including the beautiful, but sadly endangered, Eastern curlews, the vulnerable bar-tailed godwit and grey-tailed tattlers.
The whole family can escape to the foreshore to see the shorebirds through high powered birding scopes and learn about this ecosystem and the birds and animals that depend on it. These shorebirds spend more time in Australia feeding than they spend at their overseas destinations in the north. Lucky us. Kids of all ages can have fun painting a shorebird (a cut-out not the actual bird) for the "community flock" display. I am looking forward to again seeing the Yulu Burri Ba troupe who are women, men and children dancers who are known as "the people of the sand and sea". I have seen them several times and their performances are very entertaining. Don't forget to bring your camera (or phone) as there will be many photo opportunities. I'll certainly have mine.
Yulu Burri Ba Dancers (image by May Cross)
2019 is the third year that the migratory shorebirds' safe return will be welcomed at G.J. Walter Park in Cleveland, on Brisbane's bayside. This special event will be held on Saturday 21 September, the first day of the Queensland September school holidays, from 9:00am to 11:30am. Access to G.J. Walter Park is via Shore Street East. The park offers stunning views of Moreton Bay and the tidal flats of Ramsar wetlands; and it has a children's playground, picnic facilities and toilets. For more info, check out the Facebook page here.
On Stilts (May Cross)
The Quandamooka people, who are indigenous to Moreton Bay, will be conducting a Traditional Owners "Welcome to Country"
300 model shorebirds will be brightly decorated and displayed as a large flock
Ultralight aviator Amelia (Millie) Formby will talk about Wing Threads, her epic flight plan to promote awareness of shorebirds and their conservation
Watching various shorebird species through high power bird watching scopes
Experts talking about migratory shorebirds which feed in this area and conservation
Information stalls and activities run by local community and environment groups.
As well as birdlife, G.J. Walter Park and its surrounding streets are home to koalas. If you want to see these cute iconic animals in the wild, this is said to be one of the best locations in south-east Queensland to spot them. make sure you take a short walk to meet the nearby Toondah koalas.
Too Cute for Words (May Cross)
Breakfast with the Birds Why don't you have breakfast with the shorebirds - but don't worry, you won't be eating what they feed on! There will be a BBQ breakfast and a coffee van. So you can get cold drinks, tea and coffee, snacks, snags and buns. What kid doesn't enjoy a sausage sizzle? Well, that's brekky sorted.