How dog owners can help save threatened Bar-tailed Godwits

Dog owners have been urged to keep their pooches on a leash near wetlands in Sydney’s inner west where a threatened migratory bird is expected to arrive from as far away as Siberia next month.

The Bar-tailed Godwits, the feathered world-record holders for non-stop flight, have been embraced by Abbotsford schoolchildren — but their numbers are in sharp decline on the mudflats of Hen and Chicken Bay.

According to Bird Life Australia, more than 300 Godwits were recorded in the Parramatta River estuary between 2008 and 2011. However, in the 2018-19 season, the most seen was 91.

Read the full article at the Inner West Courier.

In brief, the article records that:

"(City of) Canada Bay councillors this week gave the nod to developing a biodiversity program, at a cost of $35,000, to tackle the threats to all shorebirds.

A public-awareness push is set to include signage upgrades, workshops and enforcement to educate residents and influence behaviour about the threats to birds including the Godwits."

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