January 24 - 30, 2021: Issue 480

Annie and the Waves: Virtual Reading

Published by Surf Life Saving NSW January 5th, 2021

David And Jennifer Learn Their Kerb Drill

Published by NFSA January 5th, 2021

From the Film Australia Collection.  Made by the Commonwealth Film Unit 1960.  Directed by Rhonda Small. A road safety lesson using puppets and animation kindergarten age children.

The Wiggles: More Furry Friends Nursery Rhymes & Songs For Kids!

Published January 9, 2021 by The Wiggles

Subscribe to our channel for more Wiggly videos: http://ab.co/WigglesYouTube

Too Much Glue(Read Aloud) 

Storytime by Jason Lifebvre

The Selfish Crocodile 

By Faustin Charles Illustrated By Michael Terry

Profile: Avalon Soccer Club
Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of over a thousand players aged from 5  who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of dedicated volunteers. 

LEGO AT THE LIBRARY (not at present)

Mona Vale Library runs a Lego club on the first Sunday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. The club is open to children aged between seven and twelve years of age, with younger children welcome with parental supervision. If you are interested in attending a Lego at the Library session contact the library on 9970 1622 or book in person at the library, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.

Children's Storytime at Mona Vale LibraryMona Vale Library offers storytime for pre-school children every week during school terms. Children and their carers come and participate in a fun sing-a-long with our story teller as well as listen to several stories in each session, followed by some craft.  

Storytime is held in the Pelican Room of the library in front of the service desk. Storytime is free and no bookings are required. 

Storytime Sessions: Tuesdays  10.00am - 11.00am - Wednesdays  10.00am - 11.00am  - Thursdays  10.00am - 11.00am

Profile: Pittwater Baseball Club

Their Mission: Share a community spirit through the joy of our children engaging in baseball.
Profile: Ingleside Riders Group

Ingleside Riders Group Inc. (IRG) is a not for profit incorporated association and is run solely by volunteers. It was formed in 2003 and provides a facility known as “Ingleside Equestrian Park” which is approximately 9 acres of land between Wattle St and McLean St, Ingleside. 
IRG has a licence agreement with the Minister of Education to use this land. This facility is very valuable as it is the only designated area solely for equestrian use in the Pittwater District.  IRG promotes equal rights and the respect of one another and our list of rules that all members must sign reflect this.

 Mona Vale Mountain Cub Scouts

Find out more about all the fun you can have at Mona Vale Mountain Cub Scouts Profile

our Profile pages aren’t just about those who can tell you about Pittwater before you were born, they’re also about great clubs and activities that you too can get involved in!

Avalon Bilgola Amateur Swimming Club Profile

We swim at Bilgola rock pool on Saturday mornings (8:45am till 11:30am). Our season runs between October and March

WilderQuest online fun

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is pleased to present the WilderQuest program for teachers, students and children.

The WilderQuest program includes a website and apps with game and video content, Ranger led tours and activities in national parks across NSW. It provides opportunities for families to experience nature, science and Aboriginal culture in classrooms, online, at events and in national parks. The Teacher portal and free primary school resources have been produced with support from our Environmental Trust partners.

Profile Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)

Website: www.byra.org.au

BYRA has a passion for sharing the great waters of Pittwater and a love of sailing with everyone aged 8 to 80 or over!

National Geographic for Australian Kids

Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more. Visit National Geographic Kids today!

This week the National Geographic for Kids has launched a new free digital resource platform called NatGeo@Home to entertain and educate children affected by school closures.

The three main categories of content on the NatGeo@Home site aim to educate, inspire and entertain. For parents and teachers, there are also separate resources and lesson plans covering everything from getting to grips with Google Earth to learning to label the geological features of the ocean.

For the main Australian National Geographic for Kids, visit: www.natgeokids.com/au

For the National Geographic at Home site, visit:

Winter Sports 2021 registrations


Narrabeen Youth Club - Netball

NYC (Narrabeen Youth Club) Netball is a local family-oriented netball club for U8's to Senior players, with competition running through winter on a Saturday at John Fisher Netball Courts in Curl Curl. 

All details on how to register are available on our website: https://www.nycnetball.com.au/

Mona Vale Commodores Netball club

Register for our Come and Try Netball Day on Saturday 23rd January from 10:30-12pm. Session will be held at New Life Gym at 10 Jubilee Ave, Warriewood. Ideal for kids aged 5-12 years. Please book your child’s free ticket at www.trybooking.com/BNMSC

Local family friendly netball club based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney catering for all levels from NetSetGo to Seniors. Live local, play local. Established in 1969.

To register visit: http://www.monavale.nsw.netball.com.au/

Newport Breakers Netball Club

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/newportnetball

Email: newportbreakersnetball@gmail.com

Pittwater Peninsula Netball Club

Online registrations are now open!! Go to www.peninsulanetball.org.au and follow the links.

Tips before you start:

- have your MyNetball details handy (if unsure or applying for the first time visit mynetball.resultsvault.com)

- if you would like to use the 2021 Active Kids Voucher visit http://www.service.nsw.gov.au/.../apply-active-kids-voucher

- once you have your MyNetball number and your Active Kids Voucher head to our website and click on Register then follow the prompts.


Pittwater Baseball Club 

Pittwater Baseball Club has been part of the community for over 35 years and has a great reputation.  Our club has seen many families through from Ratpackers (4-6 yr olds) to Adult Senior Leagues (16+), plus Masters and Minor Leagues over summer and winter.  We are about having fun with friends, Making new ones, learning good sportsmanship, developing skills and making memories...  Our home field is Rat Park in Warriewood and we are part of the Manly Warringah Baseball Association.

So come join us and have a go.

Visit: https://www.pittwaterbaseball.com.au/club.html

Junior Rugby league

Mona Vale Raiders
16 Bishop Street,  Newport 

The Mona Vale Raiders are one of the fastest growing and one of the most successful junior rugby league clubs in the Manly Warringah competition. Our home ground is Newport Oval, which is located between Bishop St and Barrenjoey Rd. Our club is a family club and as such we have a policy of giving all young people who are interested in playing rugby league a fair go. This emphasis has allowed us to be one of the most successful clubs in the Manly Warringah Junior Rugby League competition. The suburbs we cover are Mona Vale, Newport, Warriewood, Ingleside, Bayview, Church Point and Scotland Island. For more information please contact registrar@monavalerugbyleague.com.au

Narrabeen Sharks

In 2021 we will celebrate our 89th season. As the oldest and biggest club on the peninsular we have a long tradition of producing Junior Representative, First Grade and Australian Representative players. We have teams for every age group from Under 6s to Under 20s as well as Open Age A Grade and Over 35s Masters where we have players in their 60s. We are a community based club with a strong focus on family and inclusion. Our values are Honour, Respect, Loyalty, Integrity and Teamwork. Most of all we have FUN while developing our skills under qualified coaches in a safe environment. We accept Active Kids Vouchers so have your details ready. Come and make some lifelong friends while you play the greatest game of all with the Narrabeen Sharks. Email: sharksregistrar2101@gmail.com

Avalon Bulldogs

Avalon Bulldogs Junior Rugby League Club fields teams from Under 6's through to Open Age within the Manly Warringah District and NSW Northern Conference Competitions. Email: sambaum@optusnet.com.au

Register for any of the above HERE 

Junior Rugby Union

Newport Junior Rugby Club

We welcome registrations from kids of all abilities and all ages from U6 to U18.

To register your children to play for Newport Rugby Club, you will need to set up your MyRugby account and register your children online following the steps here.

If you have any questions with regards to your registration, please contact our registrar or one of your age managers ( details in our committee tab ).

Important Note: Register for “Newport Junior Rugby” not Newport Rugby which is the senior rugby club! For any u10 players and above you will need to upload a photo for match day records.

More at: https://www.newportjuniorrugby.com.au/registration/

Narrabeen Tigers Junior Rugby Club

Narrabeen Tigers Rugby is a family club that prides itself on providing a safe and happy atmosphere where boys and girls can play rugby with their mates and learn some great new skills along the way.  We are affiliated with Warringah Junior Rugby Union, and are located adjacent to Warringah Seniors rugby (Pittwater Rugby Park) at North Narrabeen Reserve, North Narrabeen.

We have over 300 registered players, all the way from under 6 to under 17 year olds.  We are also very proud to have grown the girls teams in our club.  Girls of any age are welcome to play in mixed teams, however for under 8/9, under 11, under 13 and under 15, we offer girls only teams and comps.  Most age groups will have 2 teams entered, allowing both serious and social players to enjoy their rugby with Tigers. All of our coaches are SmartRugby™ accredited.

2021 registrations are now open!  Register before 31 December 2020 to use your 2020 Active Kids Voucher.  For details on how to register click here.  Registrations for girls competitions will open in the new year. 

More at: https://www.narrabeenrugby.com.au/


Narrabeen Football club

Narrabeen FC, established in 1965, is one of Sydney Northern Beaches oldest football clubs, competing in the Manly Warringah Football Association. NFC’s focus is on the development of youth, fair play and competition. NFC fields teams from juniors through to senior. Register for 2021.

ONLINE registrations for the 2021 season open on 3 January 2021 for all players. Please make sure you read the instructions carefully before starting the process. Download a factsheet.

Registration – Before you start read this

Open from 3 January 2021

Register at www.playfootball.com.au. Please note, the website works best in Safari or Chrome.

Credit card payment only

*2021 season rego fees have been reduced due to a one off reimbursement from MWFA resulting from Covid-19.

Early Bird discount for all registrations received before midnight Friday 12 February 2021.

To claim the Active Kids Rebate, please visit the Services NSW Government website and obtain a claim number, BEFORE you register.

Read important information about player registrations, 2021 football season at Narrabeen FC and MWFA Instructions prior to registering. 

Visit: http://www.narrabeenfc.com.au/register-and-play-football-with-narrabeen-fc/

Pittwater RSL Football Club

Pittwater RSL FC (Pride of the Peninsula) is looking forward to having you on board as a player and member of the Club. ‘Oh we love the greens’.

Registration for the 2021 Season is now open! Follow this link for a full run down of the rego process:


Parents – Don’t forget to register for the Active Kids Rebate this year!

Avalon Soccer Club

2021 registration is now open. We are delighted to announce that registration for the 2021 MWFA season is officially open.  With the grading and team forming due next month, we are offering an Early Bird discount of $25 for our members from the 4th January 2021 to 7th February 2021. This will be applied at the time of registering.

To register for Avalon Soccer Club head to the Play Football website. Full registration information for Avalon can be found HERE.

This season to process the large volume of registrations there are 3 registrars.

  1. Jactina Newcombe      Juniors U6-U11           registrar@avalonsoccerclub.com.au
  2. Jill Thain                        Mixed U12-O55         registrar1avalonsoccerclub@gmail.com
  3. Amie Stylianou            Womens W12-WO35  registrar2avalonsoccerclub@gmail.com

When asked to email information to the registrar please choose the relevant registrar for your age category. This will prevent delays in processing your registration.

Many teams fill up quickly and we will soon be closing off registration for some age groups. Any registrations after this time will be placed on a waitlist, pending sufficient players to create an additional team in that age group. Where possible, waitlisted players will be accommodated in an alternative age group (with returning players given priority). For any queries please get in touch with the relevant age coordinator.

Family Discounts

Parents registering their children under the same login can obtain a family discount for the 2nd plus family member. No discount applies for the first family member, then each of the other family members select from the following:

  • 2nd family member $10 select 1st sibling
  • 3rd family member $15 select 2nd sibling
  • 4th family member $20 select 3rd sibling
  • 5th family member $25 select 4th sibling

Student Discounts

Student discounts only apply to full-time adult student Student ID must be emailed to the registrar.

Coaches and Managers

All coaches and managers need to upload a photo and enter your working with children number, also please enter the team that you will manage or coach. All these fields are mandatory. Select the option Role Coach and both the Coach and Team Manager products will appear.

To be a coach or manager of a team with any players under the age of 18 you will need to have a valid working with children check before you can be issued your ID card. There must be a valid coach and manager for every team before they are permitted to play. You can apply for a working with children check here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-working-children-check

If you already have a WWC check please make sure that the ‘valid to date’ will not expire during this season – apply for an updated check if that is the case.

Registration Information Day

Will be held at our club house at Careel Bay on Saturday 6th February 9:00am – 3:00pm.

If you have any questions about playing with Avalon (or would just like to meet us) then come along. The uniform store will be open on this day for any of your kit needs.

Active Kids Voucher

The Active Kids Rebate program provides a $100 voucher towards the cost of registration for U6 to U18 players. Players must obtain their voucher BEFORE registering. For more information about the Active Kids Rebate click here. To apply for your voucher from Service NSW click here. Vouchers are per child, not per family.

New Players

Welcome to all new players, especially if you are playing football for the first time. You will need to create an account and then register to play. We always try and place all our U6 and U7 players in the same team as their friends. If you have any questions, please contact your age coordinator.

Returning Players

All returning players MUST register with their FFA number from last year, not create a new number. The system will default to the club you last played at. If you played for a different club last season or played in a summer competition then remember to change the club to Avalon when registering.

If you have changed your email or forgotten which email you used to register last year then phone or email the Play Football helpdesk to assist you. Ph: 02 8880 7983 Playfootball.support@ffa.com.au

Registrations are based on the age that you will be on the 31st December 2021. For example, if you turn 7 anytime in 2021 you will then select U7 Mixed Saturday. To play in the U6s a child must be turning 5 or 6 anytime in 2021 and be born in either 2015 or 2016. This is an FFA rule.

Make sure you select the correct product when registering. Boys can only play in Saturday mixed competitions. Girls should register in a Sunday girls package if they want to play on Sunday.

More at: https://avalonsoccerclub.com.au/2021/01/04/2021-registration-is-open/

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Petrophile pulchella, known as conesticks, is a common shrub of the family proteaceae found in eastern Australia. It is found growing on shallow sandstone soils, often in open forest or heathlands near the coast. It is also occasionally seen on the adjacent ranges.

Photo by Selena Griffith, January 18,  2021

Channel-Billed Cuckoos Fledglings 2021

Channel-billed Cuckoos (Scythrops novaehollandiae) have been particularly prolific this year and now their offspring can be seen in the trees - fortunately there seems to be around a gazillion Black Prince cicadas (Psaltoda plaga) to feed them.  A pair was seen in  Pittwater Spotted Gums at dusk on Monday January 18th 2021 being fed by a pair of Pied Currawongs (Strepera graculina). 

Everywhere you look at present there are fledgling birds and most that live on insects seem to be in twin numbers this year - why? Perhaps because there is an abundance of food for insectivorous birds or ??? ...

Marita Macrae (PNHA) tells us; 'This large cuckoo spends our colder months in northern Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia, returning south to breed, arriving in Sydney about the middle of September. A  lot of the racket they make is to distract their host birds from attending to their nest, so the female can quickly deposit an egg, or three.  Wattlebirds and Currawongs can raise a brood of their own in early spring before these cuckoos arrive, ensuring there will be future hosts. Come the middle of March, adult and juvenile cuckoos head for warmer climes once more.'

Image may contain: bird, sky, tree, plant, outdoor and nature

Image may contain: sky, bird, plant, tree, outdoor and nature

Photos by A J Guesdon, January 18, 2021.


Curious Kids: How is history written and who writes it?

Marion Löffler, Cardiff University

How is history written and who writes it? – Zoe, aged ten, Glasgow, Scotland

Thinking about who writes history is very important if we want to figure out how it is written. Lots of things influence how we see the world. This includes our education, where we come from, whether we are male or female, rich or poor. All these things affect how historians write the history of people, families, communities and societies in the past.

An illustration from an illuminated manuscript showing Bede as a saint writing.
Bede writing his Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Universität Freiburg e-codices via Wikimedia Commons

For a long time, the people who wrote history were mostly educated men: from the “father of history”, the ancient Greek Herodotus who lived over 2000 years ago, to medieval monks such as the Englishman Bede, and 20th-century university professors like Eric Hobsbawm. Often, they wrote histories about great men, great wars, and empires that set out to conquer the world.

In the 20th century, this began to change. People from different backgrounds were writing history and making their voices heard. For instance, for a long time the history books about countries like India, which had been part of the British empire, were written by British people who focused on the story of the empire.

Now, people from those countries are writing their own history. Also, more women and people from poorer families go to university. Their experiences and outlooks were very different from those of the older historians, and it has changed how history is written.

Curious Kids is a series by The Conversation that gives children the chance to have their questions about the world answered by experts. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.com. We won’t be able to answer every question, but we’ll do our very best.

For example, books about Victorian Britain used to explain that men went to work and women stayed at home. This is because the historians writing these books focused on people like them: they read the letters and diaries of educated, middle-class people, and looked at the paintings or photographs that were taken of them. These letters and photographs told them that men went to work and women managed the home.

Taking a different look

For women historians and those from a working-class background, this did not look right. What about the maids and cooks working in those middle-class homes? What about the seamstresses who made the expensive dresses in the photographs? What about the women and girls working in the textile factories of northern England and the coal mines of south Wales?

The history of Victorian Britain was rewritten because the next generation of historians focused on different groups of people and searched for different source material.

Victorian illustration showing a maid arranging a lady's hair
An iIllustration from the book The Holiday Prize by E D Adams, showing a Victorian maid arranging a lady’s hair. Illustration by Kenneth Mathiason Skeaping (1857-1947) via Wikimedia Commons

So, how is history written? Every historian attempts to find evidence to build their story of the past, but there are two ways they tend to go about it. One way is to start with a theory. They might theorise that nations, such as Italy and Germany, are modern developments, and that they only really appeared in the last few centuries.

They will research how nation states, such as the UK or Germany, were formed in the 19th century. Or they might have a theory that nations go way back to the early middle ages. Their evidence may be the different cultures, clothes and languages of the English, the Scottish and the Welsh.

Other historians discover an interesting person, group of people, object or place, and want to find out more about them. I am writing about Thomas Stephens, a rebellious chemist from south Wales who wanted to make life in his community better for all, and who, like me, wrote history books.

When I opened the first archive box filled with his manuscripts, I could smell the Victorian cough medicines he prepared for the iron workers around him and almost imagine his world, so I just had to know more about him.

History is not only written, it is re-written by every generation. However brilliant an exploration of the past is, it will always be influenced by the historian’s background and identity. The next generation – perhaps you – may ask different questions, look for different sources, and write it differently.

When sending in questions to Curious Kids, make sure you include the asker’s first name, age and town or city. You can:The Conversation

Marion Löffler, Reader in Welsh History, Cardiff University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


Curious Kids: how do scabs form?

Christian Moro, Bond University and Charlotte Phelps, Bond University

How do scabs form? — Talila, aged 8

Great question, Talila!

Our skin has many different jobs. One is to act as a barrier, protecting us from harmful things in the outside world.

Sometimes when we cut or graze ourselves, we tear away some layers of our skin. When the skin is damaged, it can’t do its job of protecting us quite as well. What’s underneath the skin, called tissue, can be left exposed, and germs and other nasty things may get in.

So when we get a cut or a graze, it’s a race against time for our bodies to stop any bleeding, protect the area, and start the repair process. And this is where scabs come in.

Read more: Curious Kids: how do wounds heal?

What happens when you cut yourself?

To understand how this all works, let’s look at what would happen if you were to, say, graze the skin on your knee. You’ve probably done it before!

When you graze or cut yourself, blood vessels near the wound burst, causing you to bleed (blood vessels are the tubes which transport blood around your body).

Usually, if the wound isn’t too serious, it won’t be long before the bleeding stops. That’s because fortunately, our bodies have some clever ways of healing themselves.

A girl with a bandage on her forearm.
There’s a lot happening under that bandage: your body is working to heal itself. Shutterstock

After you cut yourself, any damaged blood vessels quickly contract, closing some of their openings so that less blood flows out.

Next, tiny cells in your blood called “platelets” kick into gear. These platelets start to stick together, making a sort of plug that helps stop the bleeding and seal the cut. Other good guys in your blood also step in to help, working with the platelets to make the plug stronger.

Something called a “clot” then forms. This can block the damaged blood vessels completely for some time, giving the body a chance to start the healing process for both the skin and the vessels.

White blood cells, which help our bodies fight infections and diseases, also move into the damaged area. These cells work to kill any invading bad guys that may have entered your body through the wound, and help clean up the area.

Read more: Curious Kids: why do our toes and fingers get wrinkly in the bath?

Forming the scab

The clotted blood at the surface of the wound starts to dry out and forms a hardened scab. This may happen quickly, or take a few days.

This scab forms a protective layer, while allowing cells to move around underneath it so they can continue repairing the skin.

As part of health-care training, scabs and scars can be painted on the skin using special effects makeup. This process is called ‘moulage’. Christian Moro, Author provided

If you have a scab, it’s best not to pick it or scratch it off. If you remove the scab while it’s still doing its work, you could expose the wound to the outside world, increasing the risk of infection or slowing down healing.

If you leave it alone, after about one to two weeks the scab will eventually fall off and reveal the new, repaired skin underneath.

Sometimes, depending on the type of tissue damaged or how serious the injury is, a cut to the skin can leave a scar. This is normal.

Scabs are good

So Talila, don’t worry if you have a small scab on your skin after a cut or graze. Scabs are one of the good guys; they protect your body and help your wound to heal.

Read more: Curious Kids: why do we have boogers?

Hello, curious kids! Have you got a question you’d like an expert to answer? Ask an adult to send your question to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.auThe Conversation

Christian Moro, Associate Professor of Science & Medicine, Bond University and Charlotte Phelps, PhD Student, Bond University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


Curious kids: how do gills work?

David Clode/Unsplash, CC BY
Culum Brown, Macquarie University

How do gills work? Tully, aged 7

Great question, Tully! Animals on land breathe air, which is made up of different gasses. Oxygen is one of these gases, and is made by plants (hug a plant today and say thanks). All animals need to breathe in oxygen to survive.

When the air goes into our lungs, oxygen goes into our blood and is delivered all around the body. Air is light, so it’s easy to move around. This makes it pretty easy to breathe air back and forth — a bit like blowing up balloons and letting them deflate.

Read more: Curious Kids: have people ever seen a colossal squid?

Things are different for fish. Fishes also need oxygen, but rather than getting it from air, they have to get it from water.

But there is less oxygen available in water than air. And to make matters worse for the poor fishes, water is thicker than air, so it takes much more work to move it around. This makes the problem of getting that oxygen in the fishes’ body even harder.

Two goldfish in an aquarium
Fish take in water through their mouths, where it passes over their gills. Shutterstock

This is why fish need gills

Rather than breathing in and out through the mouth, fish use a one-way system, passing water in one direction over their gills.

Water goes in the mouth, across the gills and out through the opercula (the bony covering protecting their gills).

But gills and lungs are more similar than you might think. Both have really big surface areas which increases the amount of water or air that touches the gill or lung tissue, and so increases the amount of oxygen available.

Water goes in the mouth, across the gills and out the other side. Shutterstock

What’s more, the walls of the lungs and gills are very thin and loaded with tiny tubes that transport blood (called “capillaries”).

This means the capillaries come into close contact with the air or water outside, letting oxygen pass across the thin walls and into the blood. At the same time, carbon dioxide, which is a waste product from our bodies, passes out.

Gills are also important for controlling how much salt is in the body, but let’s leave that story for another day.

Hello, curious kids! Do you have a question you’d like an expert to answer? Ask an adult to send your question to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au

Read more: Curious Kids: when fish get thirsty do they drink sea water? The Conversation

Culum Brown, Professor, Macquarie University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


Books of the month: January 2021 - Sea Sailing + Holiday games and activities

Sea Sailing by Wang Tuoming and Holiday games and activities by Barbara Wnek- simply click opn the links at the base to go to these!



New Shorebird Identification Booklet

The Migratory Shorebird Program has just released the third edition of its hugely popular Shorebird Identification Booklet. The team has thoroughly revised and updated this pocket-sized companion for all shorebird counters and interested birders, with lots of useful information on our most common shorebirds, key identification features, sighting distribution maps and short articles on some of BirdLife’s shorebird activities. 

The booklet can be downloaded here in PDF file format: http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/Shorebird_ID_Booklet_V3.pdf

Paper copies can be ordered as well, see http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/counter-resources for details.

Download BirdLife Australia's children’s education kit to help them learn more about our wading birdlife

Shorebirds are a group of wading birds that can be found feeding on swamps, tidal mudflats, estuaries, beaches and open country. For many people, shorebirds are just those brown birds feeding a long way out on the mud but they are actually a remarkably diverse collection of birds including stilts, sandpipers, snipe, curlews, godwits, plovers and oystercatchers. Each species is superbly adapted to suit its preferred habitat.  The Red-necked Stint is as small as a sparrow, with relatively short legs and bill that it pecks food from the surface of the mud with, whereas the Eastern Curlew is over two feet long with a exceptionally long legs and a massively curved beak that it thrusts deep down into the mud to pull out crabs, worms and other creatures hidden below the surface.

Some shorebirds are fairly drab in plumage, especially when they are visiting Australia in their non-breeding season, but when they migrate to their Arctic nesting grounds, they develop a vibrant flush of bright colours to attract a mate. We have 37 types of shorebirds that annually migrate to Australia on some of the most lengthy and arduous journeys in the animal kingdom, but there are also 18 shorebirds that call Australia home all year round.

What all our shorebirds have in common—be they large or small, seasoned traveller or homebody, brightly coloured or in muted tones—is that each species needs adequate safe areas where they can successfully feed and breed.

The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is managed and supported by BirdLife Australia. 

This project is supported by Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Funding from Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and Port Phillip Bay Fund is acknowledged. 

The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is made possible with the help of over 1,600 volunteers working in coastal and inland habitats all over Australia. 

The National Shorebird Monitoring program (started as the Shorebirds 2020 project initiated to re-invigorate monitoring around Australia) is raising awareness of how incredible shorebirds are, and actively engaging the community to participate in gathering information needed to conserve shorebirds. 

In the short term, the destruction of tidal ecosystems will need to be stopped, and our program is designed to strengthen the case for protecting these important habitats. 

In the long term, there will be a need to mitigate against the likely effects of climate change on a species that travels across the entire range of latitudes where impacts are likely. 

The identification and protection of critical areas for shorebirds will need to continue in order to guard against the potential threats associated with habitats in close proximity to nearly half the human population. 

Here in Australia, the place where these birds grow up and spend most of their lives, continued monitoring is necessary to inform the best management practice to maintain shorebird populations. 

BirdLife Australia believe that we can help secure a brighter future for these remarkable birds by educating stakeholders, gathering information on how and why shorebird populations are changing, and working to grow the community of people who care about shorebirds.

To find out more visit: http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/shorebirds-2020-program

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