St George Christian School wades into protection for shorebirds

St George Christian School pupils create flocks of birds for awareness of natural habitats.
St George Christian School pupils create flocks of birds for awareness of natural habitats.

St George Christian School pupils were chirping with hope for the future of migratory shorebirds, which have taken flight in the classroom.

The year 3 group created an artistic flock of shorebirds to draw attention to the plight of the birds that visit Botany Bay waterways. 

They have been learning about how art can be used for social change.

Each pupil adorned its bird with an element of rubbish such as twine, fishing line, plastic straws and lids, to represent the effect of environmental damage caused to their natural habitats.

The critically-endangered shorebird once seen regularly along NSW's coastline is facing extinction.

Landing Lights Wetland at Arncliffe is a remnant of the extensive wetlands that used to stretch from the area occupied by Sydney Airport to the Georges River. It was used by shorebirds from Siberia and Alaska, including the curlew sandpiper, which migrated south during the northern hemisphere winter. The wetland is under threat from the Cooks Cove project.

Shorebirds are in decline. Picture: Leo Berzins

Shorebirds are in decline. Picture: Leo Berzins

Pupils’ creations will temporarily nest at the Hazelhurst Arts Centre during the Overwintering Project: Bound for Botany Bay art exhibition from September 8-18.

Thursday is World Shorebirds Day followed by Threatened Species Day on Friday.

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