Updated: Apr 18
Bird-lover Milly Formby is on a mission: she’s flying solo around Australia in her tiny microlight aircraft.
Conservationist, scientist, artist and pilot Milly Formby arrived at Caboolture Airfield today, on the latest leg of her 'round Australia flight creating awareness of the world's most endangered group of bird species: migratory shorebirds.
Migratory shorebirds make an awe-inspiring 25,000km round-trip journey from Australia to the Arctic each year to breed. Milly will be completing a similar distance in 180 flying days, in a microlight specifically chosen because it is the most like how shorebirds fly: at about 50 to 55 knots, or just under 100kph.
“Migratory shorebirds are a living expression of how we're all connected through a global, ecological network” says Milly. “And while they’re at our beaches, they’re a doorway into nature that we can see every day.”
Milly and her welcoming committee at Caboolture Airfield. Her flight from Ballina, NSW skirted the outer Moreton Bay islands, before she crossed Bribie, and made her way to Caboolture on the morning of 12 April 2023.
BEIPA's Securing Shorebirds Project is supporting two fabulous events for the Bribie Island community on Saturday 29th April. Don't miss this once-in-a-circumnavigation opportunity!
FREE KIDS EVENT 29 April 2023 (10:30-12:00 noon)
Milly captures the imagination of children and adults alike through activities that mix art, nature, and technology, engaging primary school-aged children with science stories to help encourage a new generation of optimistic problem-solvers. Register Here!
WING THREADS FUNDRAISER 29 April 2023 (2:00pm-3:30pm)
So many questions for Milly to answer in this afternoon of passionate conservation and adventure! Here are just a few....
Who would think of such an epic idea?
What is driving Milly to make in this epic flying adventure?
When did she dream this up and become a pilot?
Where in the Arctic do these shorebirds come from?
Why does she need to raise awareness about shorebirds?
These questions and many more will be asked and answered in this afternoon Fundraiser that will help Milly continue on her Shorebird Flying Adventure.!