Airdate: Flyways: The Story Of Migratory Shorebirds

The story of the incredible shorebirds and the pressures placed by climate change and human development.

Flyways: The Story Of Migratory Shorebirds tells the story of the incredible shorebirds which can fly staggering distances without stopping.

These birds travel vast distances during their epic, annual migration, flying from the Southern Hemisphere to the Arctic to breed. Yet new urban developments are threatening the birds as they make their return journey.

How do they navigate such mindboggling distances? How are they able to stay aloft for days without stopping to refuel? Seeking to answer these and other questions, the film revels in the beauty and wonder of migratory shorebirds.

Documenting the pressures placed on these birds from climate change and ever-expanding human development, this film reveals uncomfortable truths but also shows us how to help save these tenacious birds from precipitous declines.

Production credit: A Storyland production for the ABC. Principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. Financed with support from ZED, Public Television Service Taiwan and Screen Queensland. Local distribution by Antidote. International sales by WNET Group and ZED. Producer/Director/EP Randall Wood, Producer Rebecca McElroy, Executive Producer Aline Jacques, Trish Lake, Odilla O’Boyle, David Elisco, Sean B. Carroll, Christine Le Goff, Manuel Catteau, Wuan-Ling Guo. ABC Commissioning Editor Stephen Oliver.

8:30pm Tuesday on ABC.

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