A healthy Australian coastal environment can be ascertained fairly easily by the presence or absence of the birds associated with that ecosystem. However sea and shore birds often have a difficult time sharing space with people and their activities.
Volunteers associated with the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre along the southern coast of New South Wales have been involved in a program co-ordinated by the NSW National and Wildlife Service to provide some protection for the birds.
Volunteering either as a community member or through school participation can contribute to the health of our coasts and oceans. There are many possibilities both local and national. To find out what is available in your area speak with your local council or search online
Visit the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Center here
FOR TEACHERS: AUSMEPA's new Coastal Conservation Leadership unit of work for schools will be available on our website in the next month or so. Watch this space!