Denmark Bird Group - Citizen Science

Bird Talks 8: Citizen Science

Owls and Rodenticide

Biodiversity benefits of wildlife gardening

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Birds on Farms

Birds on Farms is a BirdLife Australia led program that brings together Farmers and other large rural land-owners with bird surveyors to paint a picture of avian health on their land. Surveys will be conducted four-times a year in each of the four seasons (western). Two-hectare transects are chosen representative of up to three different habitats covering relic bushland, joint use areas and re-vegetated land (if present). It is hoped that the study will enable an evaluation of what type of habitat supports the greatest diversity of birds and the plant species and landscape features that should be encouraged in any re-vegetation project. 

Currently DBG, with its limited resources, has decided to only take-on one farm to trial the project with the plan that if this proves successful that more farms could be recruited.

Beach-nesting Birds

The Beach Nesting Birds project is another BirdLife Australia led initiative, that has proved beneficial for birds in the “Eastern States”. Our Beach-nesting birds are under threat from humanity and its four-legged and four-wheeled friends. The aim of the project is to make people aware of these threats and to provide mitigations against them where possible to give the birds an Aussie “fair-go”. Particularly under threat are the Hooded Plover, Red-capped Plover, Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers and Terns.

Bird Surveys

Denmark Bird Group is committed to the monitoring of local bird populations and as such participates in a number of Bird Surveys throughout the year. These data are entered into the BirdLife portal, “birdata” and can be viewed by anyone who has been given access (as long as the survey is not “Private”).

BirdLife Australia Biannual Shorebird and Waterbird surveys.

These are undertaken in January and July at a number of sites throughout the Wilson Inlet

Asian Waterbird Census

This is undertaken in January as part of the survey of the East Asian and Australian Flyway.

The EAAF is one of nine major flyways around the world, over which Shorebirds and Waterbirds migrate during the year, encompassing their breeding, staging and feeding habitats. The EAAF extends from Northern Russia (Siberia) and Alaska in the north to Australia and New Zealand in the south, taking-in important staging areas in the Yellow Sea and Indonesia. Approximately 50 Million migratory Shorebirds and Waterbirds from 210 species use the flyway. In 2006 a partnership (EAAFP) was set-up comprising 18 Countries and 19 other Non-government  organisations with the aim of conserving habitat, protecting birds and the livelihoods of people who depend upon them.

For more information on the EAAF / P go to Home – Eaaflyway

Wilson Inlet Bar and Poddyshot Surveys.

These surveys are conducted as part of the ongoing commitment to support the establishment of a Bird Sanctuary at the mouth of the Wilson Inlet. In summer they are done almost daily, when the water is relatively shallow and more Shorebirds are likely to be present. In the Winter the frequency is reduced to once per week when bird numbers are lower.

Prescribed Burns

The Western Australian State Government has a policy of burning forest and bushland under its jurisdiction on a six-year cycle, irrespective of their proximity to conurbations. Many of these burns are of high intensity and are conducted in such a manner that wildlife has little hope of survival.  The Denmark Bird Group has commenced bird surveys of areas that have been nominated for prescribed burns, both before and after the burn, to determine their impact on bird populations.

Mount Lindesay Fire, smoke plume and fire glow over Mt Hallowell, over 20km south of the fire.