Every year shorebirds travel thousands of kilometres across the world to briefly set up home on Australia's coastline.
Some make the 11,500-kilometre journey non-stop, matching the long-haul range of an Airbus A380, while others fuel up in northeast Asia.
And that's why Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews says dialogue between Australia and it's foreign neighbours could save birds like the grey plover, red knot and common sandpiper from extinction.
They come to Australia to rest and feed during the non-breeding season on Australia's coastal and freshwater wetlands.
Mr Andrews says works are underway to reduce threats to the birds' habitat on the Australian coast by mitigating environmental changes and culling feral cats and foxes.
Discussions with neighbouring countries could also provide a safe passage for the birds through Asia on their way Australia.
"These birds fuel up in China, Korea and Japan on their way to our shores," Mr Andrews told AAP on Friday.
He said The Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds, launched in Melbourne on Friday, allowed environmental groups to develop a network of safe places in the region.
Mudflats and salt marshes across Australia will be preserved under the plan and two million feral cats will be culled in a bid to protect the birds.
Dying at a rate of eight per cent a year, the curlew sandpiper and far eastern curlew are on the critically endangered list and the lesser sand plover has been nominated for endangered listing.