The City of Greater Geraldton is urging the community to be cautious of disturbing threatened migratory shorebirds and seabirds. Migrating shorebirds and seabirds are currently resting or breeding around beaches and estuaries across Geraldton. Shorebirds such as the grey plover and sanderling can travel more than 12,000km from the Arctic Circle to feed and hunt during the Southern Hemisphere summer. Seabirds such as the Australian fairy tern often use our beaches and estuaries to breed. Some birds are on the threatened species list, while others are classified as endangered or critically endangered species and the City warns disturbing the birds can put them at risk. It asks for residents to be cautious of the birds by staying mindful and keeping your distance, not to disturb resting or feeding birds and avoid fenced breeding and roosting sites. People should also keep animals on a leash particularly around identified breeding and feeding areas and avoid sensitive areas where birds are nesting or foraging, such as sea wrack, dunes, riverbanks and mudflats. They should be mindful where they park their vehicle on the beach, where they undertake high impact activities and never leave rubbish behind. Reports of injured birds are to be made to GG Wildlife Rescue by contacting 0401 272 608.