3 hours ago by Karen Gillow
Two once-common migratory birds have been nominated this week for admission to Australia's list of threatened species.
Catastrophic recent declines in populations of the curlew sandpiper and eastern curlew have resulted in their nomination for threatened status, based on work led by researchers at the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub.
"Australia is the end-point of one of the world's great bird migration routes, that connects us with a dozen Asian countries," project leader Dr Richard Fuller says.
"The curlew sandpiper and eastern curlew both migrate from Australia each year to Arctic Russia where they breed, stopping off in China, Korea and other East Asian countries to refuel along the way.