Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

To China with Love for Fingal Wildlife; Colin Gilmore Talks to a Woman Whose Love of Fingal Is Taking Her to China

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

To China with Love for Fingal Wildlife; Colin Gilmore Talks to a Woman Whose Love of Fingal Is Taking Her to China

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Birds of Fingal

BIRD species recorded within Cook Island Nature Reserve:

Pacific black duck;

Ruddy turnstone

Reef egret

Sooty oystercatcher

Pied oystercatcher

White-bellied sea-eagle

Wandering tattler

Southern giant-petrel

Eastern osprey

Flesh-footed shearwater

Wedge-tailed shearwater

Short-tailed shearwater

Little tern, endangered

Caspian tern

Common tern

Black-browed albatross

DAWN Walker's vision rests on feather-encrusted Cook Island off Fingal Head's northern beach.

Then it sweeps north following Leticia Spit's sand dunes toward Duranbah Beach and beyond.

She might be thinking about a duty she soon faces in China, so far from a place she finds so restful.

Perhaps she's internalising concern about mankind's impact on endangered species of birds which rest here during international journeys.

aFingal has a lot of people in the community working hard to protect its environment from inappropriate development,a Ms Walker says.

aWhen some people come here they see it as untapped for development.

aReally, what they are enjoying is the fruits of a lot of work going far back in time to protect it.a

The white eastern curlew is endangered in NSW and leaves Fingal's shores during March or April, she says.

aIt goes back to Siberia, Mongolia and Manchuria to breed in May and June.

aSuch birds' migratory paths are threatened by development.

aFingal's going to be participating in the World Migratory Bird Day in May.

aThe theme of that day is to celebrate migratory birds and people together through time.a

Ms Walker will bridge the gap between endangered species here and their migratory destinations when she speaks at the Annual World Congress of Ocean 2012 in Dalian, China, in September.

Her invitation to speak on this area's acoastal landscape of unique proportions and charactera came from a paper she presented at the 20th NSW Coastal Conference in Tweed Heads last year.

aHere we outlined the environmental credentials of the Fingal Head area with its internationally protected migratory birds, Cook Island Nature Reserve and Cook Island Aquatic Reserve,a she says. …

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