The Shorebirds 2020 Project coordinates shorebird population monitoring across Australia. Shorebirds are a remarkably diverse group of wading birds, which includes stilts, sandpipers, snipe, curlews, godwits, plovers and oystercatchers. Australia is home to 18 shorebird species year-round, as well as 37 migratory species. Each species needs safe habitats where they can successfully feed and breed. Unfortunately, Australia’s shorebird populations are declining due to the destruction of tidal ecosystems, interactions with humans and climate change.
To help conserve these remarkable birds, over 150 areas have been identified across the country as key shorebird habitats. This project coordinates regular monitoring of these areas, in order to detect any changes in shorebird populations and discover what is driving their declines. The information collected through this project is helping local communities and land managers to make better decisions regarding the conservation and management of shorebird populations and habitats.
Volunteers are a crucial part of this effort, helping to monitor key shorebird sites, and participating in annual shorebird counts. Volunteers also help by visiting schools, running stalls, and spreading the word about shorebirds. However, more volunteers are needed to reach the target of regular monitoring at all 150 sites, and to help collate the data for analysis. All levels of knowledge are welcome!
If you would like to assist in an annual count, with data entry, or in the education program, please get in touch with the project coordinator at email@example.com. To find out more visit the Shorebirds 2020 website.