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Flyways: the untold journey of migratory shorebirds

Shorebirds are the world’s greatest endurance athletes. They migrate non-stop for up to 9 days without food or water: the longest known migration of any species. Flying thousands of miles along ancient flyways, they travel from their feeding grounds in the Southern Hemisphere to the High Arctic and back again. But in just 30 years, populations have declined precipitously. Flyways once teeming with life are falling quiet. It’s become a race against time to save them. 


In the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia, scientists are tackling the shorebird conservation challenge. For animals that transcend borders, it’s no easy task to determine why they decline. Using the very latest science including revolutionary tracking technology on the ISS, they hope to decode their mysterious flyways and save them. A captivating film on how shorebirds, through their incredible migrations across hemispheres are bringing out the best in humanity and science, to help save  them from precipitous declines.

Direction: Randall Wood

Production: Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland and coproduced by Storyland, ZED, PTS, HHMI-Tangled Bank Studios for ABC Australia, ARTE France & PBS

Languages: French, English

awards & festivals

  • Nature Without Borders International Film Festival

    Outstanding Excellence

  • Festival International du Film Ornithologique de Ménigoute

    Marais Poitevin Regional Nature Park Award

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