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BirdLife Australia - Act for Birds

Community Forum, Adelaide

Date: Thursday 3 May

Time: 7pm for a 7:15 start

Venue: Charles Hawker Building, University of Adelaide Waite Campus, Waite Rd, Urrbrae SA 5064

Join BirdLife and Birds SA in Adelaide this May!

You'll hear from Associate Professor David Paton, Birds SA president John Gitsham and BirdLife's Margaret Quixley on how nature laws are failing our birds, and what we can do to help them.

BirdLife Australia and Birds SA - as part of the national Places You Love Alliance - are calling for stronger nature laws that genuinely protect our wonderful birds and their precious habitats. At this event, we'll be focusing on Fairy Terns and the Coorong as well as river and wetland management in South Australia.

The Fairy Tern is listed as Endangered in South Australia, and the Murray Darling Basin functions as a key breeding site for the birds. The Terns rely on a healthy Coorong for food and protection, however due to poor water management there has been a decrease in the Fairy Tern’s food supply, forcing them to move from their traditional nesting sites. To make matters worse, the falling water level has left breeding populations exposed to predation by foxes.

This is just one local example of how Australia's national nature laws are failing to do their job.

Too many of our birds are threatened with extinction because Australia’s nature laws are weak, under resourced or poorly implemented. Starting this month, BirdLife Australia is hitting the road, stopping in communities across the country to bring together people who care about our birds and want to help.

Together we can create a system where science is respected and the community is heard. We have the plan to make this a reality, but it will take all of us coming together and speaking up to make the change we need. Our real power to secure stronger nature laws – and better outcomes for birds - lies in the stories and voices of local bird-lovers from around the country.  

This will be a great opportunity for passionate nature lovers (like you!) to connect with one another, come up with ideas of your own, and take action together for the places and birds you love! 

Tea, coffee and snacks provided.