Save Critically Endangered Shorebirds

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Target: The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Australian Minister for the Environment

Goal: Protect critically endangered shorebirds from extinction.

Two iconic Australian shorebirds are in danger of being wiped off the earth. According to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald, the Eastern Curlew and the Curlew Sandpiper have both been added to the critically endangered list, meaning their numbers are dwindling and may soon be beyond saving. The Australian government must take action, or else these precious creatures will be lost forever.

These two species are the first shorebirds to make the list. The Eastern Curlew is a beautiful creature with long legs and dark brown feathers. It is the largest shorebird to frequent Australia, and is known for its distinct long bill. The Curlew Sandpiper is a much smaller cousin of the Eastern Curlew and has a reddish-brown underbelly. These birds also have a distinct bill and their long legs allow them to wade the Australian shores and beaches in search of food and shelter.

The reasons for the decline in population are not exactly surprising. Wetland destruction and commercial development along the birds’ migratory routes have greatly impacted the curlews, according to BirdLife Australia. Hunting has also played a role, as the birds are considered valuable trophies. To save these birds, conservationists have proposed international action that would prevent further destruction of the staging sites that the birds require as they migrate. The shorebirds do not require human assistance to survive, and the best method to ensure a healthy population involves leaving them alone: Conservationists have recommended temporarily closing beaches when the birds are present so as not to disturb them.

These birds are endangered because of human interference, and now we have an obligation to protect the curlews. The Australian government must take measures to protect the areas where the shorebirds feed and nest. Sign the petition below and show your support for these vulnerable animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Hunt,

According to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald, the Eastern Curlew and the Curlew Sandpiper have both been added to the critically endangered list, meaning their numbers are dwindling and may soon be beyond saving. The reasons for the decline in population are not surprising: Wetland destruction and commercial development along the birds’ migratory routes have greatly impacted the curlews. Hunting has also played a role, as the birds are considered valuable trophies.

To save these birds, conservationists have proposed international action that would prevent further destruction of the staging sites that the birds require as they migrate. These birds are endangered because of human interference, and now we have an obligation to protect the curlews. The Australian government must take measures to protect the areas where the shorebirds feed and nest, or else these vulnerable creatures may be lost forever.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. permanent place for the shorebirds that is protected for them .

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