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Up to now, the numbers have decreased every year. He’s conducting one of the longest waterbird surveys ever undertaken. This year we are in grip of one of the worst droughts on record and Richard’s not seeing too many birds.

cheap Canada Goose Richard Kingsford: If you like they’re the canary down the mine shaft they’re telling you as much as anything is that these systems really need a bit of a helping hand. cheap Canada Goose

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canada goose Narration: Richard thinks the cause of canada goose uk shop the decline must be something more enduring than the drought. So what is going wrong? Menindee Lakes in far Western New South Wales seems to say it all. It’s naturally a series of ephemeral lakes fed by the Darling River, which should flood and dry out periodically. It may look like a sanctuary for waterbirds, especially in a drought, but it’s actually buy canada goose jacket cheap places like this that are the at the heart of the long term waterbirds decline. At Menindee we’ve stopped the natural cycle and turned it canada goose into a reservoir. canada goose

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Paul Willis: What does that mean for the waterbirds?

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Canada Goose online Richard Kingsford: That’s a pretty good indication that lots of things like fish and invertebrates and perhaps turtles, all the things that live in rivers as well as vegetation may be in similar dire straits and I think that’s going to be almost impossible to turn around. Canada Goose online

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