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Every year, millions of birds make a monumental journey between their breeding grounds in arctic tundra and their wintering grounds in Australasia.

Some birds migrate 11,000km straight over the seas without stopping, through the nights, days, storms and lulls – they are truly a wonder of the natural world.

At the length of a school ruler and weighing only 200 grams, flying 8,000 kilometres from Japan to Australia would be no easy feat.

Yet every summer thousands of Latham's snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) migrate from Hokkaido in northern Japan to south-eastern Australia.

Each night for the next three weeks, a crew of volunteers on the Mid North coast of NSW are braving all weather to save baby birds.

Around 15 Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) volunteers take turns to walk the coastline through the night, looking for fledgling wedge-tailed shearwaters that have lost their way.

The Australian Government has listed the iconic Tasmanian swift parrot as critically endangered, lifting its status from endangered, following research by The Australian National University (ANU).

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