It's hard to believe, but the main annual summer count is fast approaching.
In previous years, the summer count window has been 1st November through to the 31st March.
For this coming season and future seasons, we'd like to encourage everyone to conduct their summer counts between 1st December and 28th February.
As always, the ideal date to conduct the summer count is the 15th January.
As well as altering the summer count window, we're also encouraging counters and count coordinators to conduct their counts during the month of January, aligning with the survey window for the
Asian Waterbird Census.
The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) is part of the global International Waterbird Census (IWC). This citizen-science program is supporting conservation
and management of wetlands and waterbirds worldwide. The information helps to promote the designation and management of internationally important sites such as nationally protected areas, Ramsar Sites, East Asian - Australasian Flyway Network Sites and Key
Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) as well as identifying and protecting new sites of importance for waterbirds.
If S2020 summer counts are conducted within January, we are able to include this data in the AWC, strengthening
this flyway-wide dataset.
Interested in helping out with S2020 monitoring?
Chances are there
is a Shorebird Area near you regardless of where you live, especially if you are situated in proximity to the coast.
To see if there is a site near you, all you have to do is visit the Birdata website,
here and zoom to your local area.
Each designated "Shorebird Area" in most cases will have a nominated site coordinator; someone who schedules the surveys and coordinates a team of
counters, especially at the larger sites. If you are keen on getting involved and helping with surveys, but don’t know where to begin, send us an email at m("birdlife.org.au","shorebirds");">
and we will can you in touch with the local survey coordinator(s) in your area.
To join Shorebirds 2020 or get involved again and be updated on volunteer opportunities, training workshops
and to get involved with field work please contact m("birdlife.org.au","shorebirds");">
All the best,
Dan and Connie
Shorebirds 2020 Project Team