Welcoming home our muttonbirds

Thousands of Coffs locals are set return to spend the summer after completing an amazing long-haul flight from Asia.

Couple on Solitary Islands Coastal Walk and looking over Coffs Harbour

Spring is the time on the annual wildlife calendar when over 10 thousand wedge-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds) arrive back to nest at Muttonbird Island from winter feeding grounds in South East Asia.

To celebrate their arrival the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is offering four educational tours led by renowned Gumbaynggirr Elder and NPWS Aboriginal Education Ranger Uncle Mark Flanders.   

“The evening event is one every local resident needs to see at least once, especially the children,” said Uncle Mark.

“The magical transformation which unfolds each night as thousands of sleek, well-travelled seabirds emerge out of the ocean twilight to swarm across this tiny island in search of their nesting burrows really is a unique and memorable wildlife spectacle.

“Join me on one of our evening Muttonbirds by Moonlight island tours during September to December and experience the wonder and joy of a bustling seabird rookery whose cultural importance to Gumbaynggirr people extends back many thousands of years”, said Uncle Mark.

The first of the ranger-guided Muttonbirds By Moonlight tours will be on Friday the 8 September at 6.30pm. Bookings open now.

For bookings and further information on costs and other tour dates please go to: Muttonbirds by moonlight or phone 1300 PARKS (1300 072 575).