Siberian Immigrants on the Shores of Australia's Roebuck Bay

"Bird observatory" is a way of saying a place where birds are studied: where they are trapped, tagged and released. The study of bird movements by 'banding' or 'ringing' is a tradition that dates back to a Dutch school-teacher Hans Christian Cornelius Mortensen in 1899. If we didn't have bird banding, we wouldn't much about the way birds move between continents. We probably wouldn't have a Ramsar Convention, one of the earliest agreements where countries work together to protected wetlands (the convention recognises the importance of water-based ecosystems as a basic human right). If we didn't understand that, we may not have the knowledge to conserve places like Roebuck Bay, on whose shores the Broome Bird Observatory exists.

MUSIC Brett Winterford

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