Birds of the Geum Estuary

 

The Geum Estuary hosts tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds each year. Many of these species are internationally significant, such as the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

This migratory bird with its distinctive bill is rapidly diminishing in numbers across its range, mostly due to habitat loss. Although fewer than 100 pairs are thought to remain in the wild, Geum Estuary endures as a critical site on the species migratory route. With large scale land reclamation developments devestating neighboring habitats, protecting the Estuary is a significant step towards safeguarding the future of the Spoonbill Sandpiper.

In addition to the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, sthe conservation of Geum Estuary will be integral to many Australian migrants including the Critically Endangered Far Eastern Curlew. The Geum Estuary is a vital staging site for the species, regualry supporting populations of over 3,000 individauls (9% of the flyway population) on both northern and southern migrations.