Toondah event will welcome Moreton Bay's birds back from Siberian holiday

Migratory shorebirds known as Bar-tailed godwits at Oyster Point, Cleveland. Photo: Chris Walker
Migratory shorebirds known as Bar-tailed godwits at Oyster Point, Cleveland. Photo: Chris Walker

Redlands2030 and Birdlife Australia will hold a Welcome Back Shorebirds breakfast to celebrate the safe return of thousands of migratory shorebirds to Moreton Bay over the past few months.

The community event will be held at G.J. Walter Park, Cleveland from 9am to 10.30am on Saturday, December 9.

Organiser Kathy Petrik said that each year adult birds flew thousands of kilometres to breeding grounds in places like Siberia and Alaska.

“Then they return to their feeding areas in the southern hemisphere, usually to the same place every year,” she said.

Visitors would be able to view shorebird species through high power birdwatching scopes, learn from experts about the migratory shorebirds feeding locally, hear about threats to shorebirds including coastal development, find out about what’s being done to protect wildlife in the Ramsar-listed Moreton Bay Marine Park and plans for World Heritage listing of the area.

“As an added bonus, G.J. Walter Park and its surrounding streets are also home to koalas,” she said.

“It’s one of the best locations to see these iconic creatures in the wild in southeast Queensland.”

Redlands2030 president Steve MacDonald said there also would be an update on the proposed $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour project.

It’s proposed to build 3600 units which will bring up to 10,000 residents to the area.

Tea and coffee, sausages, onions and buns will be available.

Access is via Shore Street East, just below the Grand View Hotel.