Shorebirds and Port Expansion. Don’t miss this video on the Western Sandpiper.
Learn to love river slime.
Western Sandpiper | Photo Credit: Alan D. Wilson CC BY-SA 3.0
The Vancouver Port Authority plans to build a second container ship terminal in the Fraser River estuary, right on top of a major stopover for birds migrating along the Pacific flyway from Central and South America to their breeding grounds in the western Arctic.
The loss of the mud flats in the Fraser River estuary could lead to the extinction of the Western Sandpiper and other migratory birds that depend on nutrient rich biofilm — also known as river slime — an essential food source on their journey north.
(For more info see: Slime, Shorebirds, and a Scientific Mystery by Daniel Wood)