Department of Conservation representative to the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership
Department of Conservation PO Box 5244 Dunedin NEW ZEALAND
Bio: Bruce McKinlay has worked in wildlife management and conservation for the New Zealand Government since the 1980’s. Based in Dunedin, Southern NZ, his work has focused on penguin, invertebrate, lizard, forest bird and seabird conservation. In the New Zealand context this work has a heavy involvement in pest control and community engagement; something which Bruce has undertaken a lot of over the years. Currently working as a Technical Advisor, Ecosystems and Species in the Science and Capability Division of the Department of Conservation, Bruce, in addition to being the New Zealand lead for the EAAFP work has a portfolio of penguin, and captive management issues.
This marvelously photographed video produced by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in the USA documents the amazing journeys of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway, focusing on such charismatic species as Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Red Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit, showing their dependence on the food-rich mudflats of the Yellow Sea to be able to undertake their annual migration. EAAFP Partners and collaborators have helped translate the video into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian. We hope that the video can raise awareness of the importance of the Yellow Sea to these birds and help save these critical mudflat habitats to allow the birds to continue these journeys and for people to be able to wonder at the amazing spectacle of shorebird migration for generations to come.