Birds On Farms Project

Subject: Birds On Farms Project
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 08:00:15 +1000
I agree with Shane Raidal about the positive impact that the RAOU's Birds On 
Project is having on the attitude of farmers and other members of the 
community. For 
instance, many farmers have volunteered their farms for regular bird surveys to 
carried out for the project, but are either too busy or not knowledgeable 
enough to 
conduct the surveys themselves. These farms are matched up with experienced 
bird-watchers who conduct the surveys. It is a great symbiosis because both the 
and the (usually) urban-based bird-watcher learn about each other's aspirations 
limitations, as well as learning about birds and their habitats.

The RAOU is learning a lot from this project as well. The latest RAOU 
Statement (No. 10) highlights the major conservation problems in sheep and 
areas of southern Australia and suggests that one action that is needed 
urgently is to 
fence off certain areas from sheep, cattle rabbit and other introduced 
herbivores to 
allow the vegetation to naturally regenerate. Farmers are responding by saying 
that they 
agree and are willing to put up the fencing if others supply the materials. The 
RAOU is 
slowly identifying important areas that could potentially be fenced off, 
through surveys 
like Birds On Farms, the Australian Bird Count Project, Birds in Hollows 
Project and 
other survey projects. However, I would like to hear about other rural sites 
that you 
feel are worthy of further ornithological investigation because of their 
importance to 
bird conservation. You should direct this information to me at my personal 
email address 
rather than across birding-aus to maintain confidentiality of information.

Meanwhile, if you wish to take part in the Birds On Farms Project (we are still 
for more farm sites and volunteers), get in touch with Geoff Barrett on 03 9882 
during normal working hours.

Happy birding,

Dr Stephen Ambrose

RAOU Research and Conservation Manager
Email:   (work)

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