Moreton Bay features a number of wetlands which are protected under the RAMSAR convention and provide habitat to migratory shorebirds that are protected by the Japan Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (JAMBA) and the China Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (CAMBA).
PBPL has partnered with the Queensland Wader Study Group (QWSG) over the last 25 years to carry out monthly shorebird counts at shorebird habitats on and adjacent to the port. We also support QWSG in banding and leg-flagging migratory birds found on port land. Data from these monitoring programs is collated with data from around Queensland and Australia to provide a greater understanding of migratory shorebirds.
Australian Pacific Golden-Plover Satellite Tracking Study
During a targeted netting program in December 2016, PBPL and QWSG successfully captured and placed solar powered satellite transmitters on two Pacific Golden Plovers in an effort to learn more about their migration habits and behaviours.
Data captured by the transmitters over life of the study will provide vital information to help in conservation efforts and support the species’ long-term survival.
The tracking is updated regularly and can be viewed on the QWSG website.
Read the media release for more information about this research.
To enhance the availability of shorebird roosting habitats in the region, PBPL constructed a 10 hectare permanent shorebird roost. It is the largest constructed shorebird roost in southern Hemisphere and has been recorded to provide habitat for up to 3,000 birds at one time.
The roost can be accessed for shorebird watching on weekdays by contacting the Port Office on 07 3258 4888.
For more information on shorebirds at the Port of Brisbane, please see our factsheet.