Fairy Terns in South Australia

Subject: Fairy Terns in South Australia
From: Daniel Rogers <>
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 15:55:08 +0930
Hi all,

This is mainly directed at the South Australians out there, but if anyone else is doing some birding in SA, this will apply to you as well.

The Fairy Tern has recently been listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN, based at least partly on the significant declines that have been observed for this species in the Coorong. In response to this decline, I have begun a research project that will relate the distribution of fish species to Fairy Tern breeding success in the Coorong. The success of this project relies, however, on knowing when and where the terns will breed in the Coorong, as soon as they begin breeding. This is where you come in.

I am hoping to establish a network of Tern-Watchers, that birdwatch on the Coorong and keep a regular eye out for Fairy Terns. So if you go birdwatching on the Coorong (either regularly or only occasionally), I need to know where and when you see Fairy Terns on the Coorong, and, most importantly, if you observe any evidence of breeding. If you go birdwatching on the Coorong and do not seen Fairy Terns, I need to know that too (the absence of a bird from a site can be just as important information as its presence!). With all sightings, I need the following information:

1. Where and when you saw the birds
2. The number of birds seen
3. Any descriptions of activity (and particularly evidence of breeding)

I am also interested in knowing the past and present distribution of Fairy Terns throughout South Australia. So if you have any historical sightings of this species locked away in notebooks that you would be willing to make available, I would most appreciate these as well, in addition to any current or future sightings that you make throughout the state.

The information that you provide will be used to better understand the link between the health of the Coorong, fish populations, and Fairy Tern breeding success, and will hopefully be used to argue for better management of the Coorong, for Fairy Terns and other birds in the system.

If you require any further information, or would like to start sending me some of your sightings, I can be contacted on any of the following:

Daniel Rogers
c/- School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
DX650312 Benham Building
University of Adelaide ADELAIDE SA 5005

P: 8303 5690
M: 0422 915 972

Dr Daniel Rogers
Discipline of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA 5005
Ph    : +61 8 8303 5690
Fax   : +61 8 8303 6222

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