Muttonbirds return

IT'S always a special time of year when muttonbirds return to the Coffs Coast - and now is your chance to get an exclusive sneak peek into their lives.

The annual Muttonbird Moonlight Tour is on again this Saturday, when the National Parks and Wildlife Service invite people to join them on a tour of the island at dusk to learn about the cultural significance of the island.

NPWS Ranger Ann Walton said that while resident in Coffs Harbour, the shearwaters fed at sea each day, returning to Muttonbird Island, known as Giidayn Miirral to the Gumbaynggirr people, each evening.

“This night tour offers a unique opportunity to experience the magical sights and sounds of an active seabird rookery,” Ms Walton said.

“The evening begins with a welcome from Gumbaiynggirr man and Discovery Ranger Mr Mark Flanders, appointed by the Gumbular-Julipi Elders to share the Aboriginal stories of the Island.”

Giidayn Miirral (Muttonbird Island) is an important part of Gumbaynggirr dreaming stories and was a food resource and ceremonial place for thousands of years.

Numbers are limited for the Muttonbird Island tour this Saturday, November 15. Bookings are required. Phone the NPWS Coffs Coast on 6652 0900.

If you miss out on this one, there will be another tour during the full moon on December 13.



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