Hunter migratory birds in danger

MIGRATORY shorebirds that inhabit the Hunter estuary are facing extinction in about 20 years, birdwatchers say.

The birds’ decline was a stark example of humanity’s lethal effect on wildlife and frightening capacity to exterminate animals, they said.

‘‘It’s terrible,’’ Hunter Bird Observers Club member Chris Herbert said.

‘‘You feel rather helpless that you’re monitoring the decline of a whole group of species in the estuary.’’

The Hunter had the most important estuary along the NSW coast for the abundance and diversity of shorebirds, experts say.

Read more at the website of the Newcastle Herald.

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