WA’s mine sites offer a saline solution for at-risk birds

West Australian mine sites are inadvertently creating sanctuaries for migratory shorebirds as their habitats across the world are being destroyed, according to new research from Edith Cowan University.

Industrial salt pans in the northern Pilbara region have ­become important feeding and roosting grounds for the shorebirds undertaking one of ­nature’s great migrations.

Sora Marin Estrella, a ­research fellow at the university’s school of natural sciences, said the man-made wetlands, part of working mine sites operated by Rio Tinto subsidiary Dampier Salt near Karratha and Port Hedland, acted as “buffer habitats against the loss or degradation of natural intertidal wetlands”.

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