Peel: Zoologist Milly Formby will fly off to raise awareness of shorebird conservation

Milly Formby with Peel Harvey Catchment Centre board members Mike Schultz and Jan Star and chief executive Jane O'Malley with the micro light.
Milly Formby with Peel Harvey Catchment Centre board members Mike Schultz and Jan Star and chief executive Jane O'Malley with the micro light.

PERTH zoologist turned pilot Milly Formby plans to circumnavigate Australia in a micro light aircraft in an effort to raise awareness of shorebird conservation.

Many shorebirds are endangered and their populations are in decline.

Ms Formby’s project is about raising awareness of their plight and inspiring the community to take action to help save them.

First, she is driving around Australia on a reconnaissance trip, stopping in coastal towns along the way to run educational programs.

Mandurah is one of those towns and yesterday Ms Formby set up her micro light in the courtyard of Peel Harvey Catchment Centre where she presented her Wingthreads project.

Ms Formby views the Peel as an integral part of her trip and Peel-Harvey Catchment Centre is supporting and promoting her.

In March, she will fly around Australia and make a documentary film about her expedition.

Her journey, in hops of no more than 200km, will be roughly the same length as the world’s most important seabird migration routes, the East Asia-Australia Flyway.

The University of WA and the National Geographic Magazine are among her sponsors.