Welcome Back Shorebirds

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Date(s) - 21/09/2019
9:00 am - 11:30 am

GJ Walter Park


Welcome Back Shorebirds celebrates the return to Moreton Bay of long distance flyers such as these critically endangered Eastern curlews

After flying return trips of 20,000 kilometres, migratory shorebirds will be welcomed back to Moreton Bay at a free event to be held at G.J. Walter Park in Cleveland.

PLACE: G.J. Walter Park in Cleveland

DATE: Saturday 21st September

TIME: From 9:00am to 11:30am

Each year migratory shorebirds fly thousands of kilometres to breeding grounds in places such as Siberia and Alaska. They then return to their feeding areas in the southern hemisphere, usually to the same place every year.

These shorebirds spend more time in Australia feeding than they spend at their overseas destinations.

This is the third successive year that migratory shorebirds will be welcomed back at G.J. Walter Park in Cleveland, on Brisbane’s bayside.

This year the Welcome Back Shorebirds event is being held on the first day of the September school holidays.

Holidaying students of all ages will have an opportunity to relax by helping to creatively paint 300 wooden models of two local shorebird species: the critically endangered Eastern curlew and the vulnerable Bar-tailed godwit.

Welcome Back Shorebirds 2019 highlights


  • The Quandamooka People will be conducting a Traditional Owners Welcome to Country
  • 300 model shorebirds will be brightly decorated and displayed as a large flock
  • Ultralight aviator Amellia Formby will talk about Wing Threads, her epic flight plan to promote awareness of shorebirds and their conservation
  • Viewing of shorebirds in the Moreton Bay Ramsar site through high power birding scopes
  • Short walks to meet the nearby Toondah koalas
  • Experts providing information about migratory shorebirds and their conservation
  • Information stalls and activities run by local community and environment groups
  • BBQ breakfast and coffee van

G.J. Walter Park is located on Cleveland’s foreshore offering stunning views of Moreton Bay and its Ramsar wetlands.

The tidal flats between G.J. Walter Park and Cassim Island are feeding grounds for migratory shorebirds and other birdlife.

These tidal flats are part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar site.

Shorebirds which can be observed in this area include Eastern curlews, Bar-tailed godwits and Grey-tailed tattlers.

This important shorebird habitat is currently threatened by plans for building 3,600 apartments on top of 40 hectares of wetlands next to Toondah Harbour. More information is available in Toondah Harbour – the illustrated history.

Access to G.J. Walter Park is via Shore Street East. The park has a playground, picnic facilities and toilets.

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