Birds on Farms, VIC – volunteers needed (ongoing)
BirdLife Australia’s Birds on Farms project engages farmers and the local community to monitor woodland birds on farms (new farms, as well as old farms surveyed as part of the original project back in the 1990’s) across Victoria. Findings will evaluate the ecological condition of farms, inform management and identify priority sites for conservation, and produce guidelines for increasing woodland bird diversity in rural areas.
The monitoring program involves systematic bird surveys on participating farms, which are carried out at four 20min/2ha survey plots (to represent different habitat types) on a seasonal basis (four times per year). If you have a farm that you would like to include in the study, see contact below for more information on farm requirements. We are also looking for volunteers to help with surveys on participating properties (to carry out surveys when landowners are unable to, or to accompany landowners during surveys, to act as a mentor). We can provide materials such as bird identification booklets to help with surveys.
Photo: Dean Ingwersen