Shorebird info. links, and summer count schedule

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Subject: Shorebird info. links, and summer count schedule
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Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 21:57:40 -0800
Efforts of volunteer shorebird counters for the last 28 years have
allowed us to understand where the important areas for shorebirds are in
Australia, and that shorebirds are showing increasing evidence of
Unfortunately, the threats to shorebirds and evidence of their declines
are growing, and we will need data carefully collected in the same way
each year if we are going to show conclusively how much trouble some of
these species are in or what factors are driving their declines.
This will only be possible if more people can help out with data
collection happening throughout the country.  Please, contact the people
listed in the attached schedule if you are able to help out, or if you
want to put your hand up to coordinate or be a contact for one of the
areas where no-one is yet listed.  If you would like to add an area
and/or your details to the schedule let us know.
Also, there are random areas spread throughout the country that we need
surveys done at, and we always welcome any shorebird count data you
might collect.  If you are new to shorebirds, come along to one of our
workshops, help scribe data on a count, or join up with locals in your
area to learn about this fascinating and increasingly threatened group
of birds.  
To learn more about the Shorebirds 2020 program and to find all kinds of
information on shorebirds visit
<> . You will find:
1. tips on how to identify shorebirds, quizzes on shorebird
identification, & modules (,
2.  power point presentations, & other materials so you can put together
a presentation on shorebirds,
3.  maps of shorebird distribution in Australia (these include national
maps in Google Earth format for Shorebird Areas (the outer boundary
within which all the shorebirds of one group should be found during the
peak of the non-breeding season), Count areas - (the boundary of the
areas that should be counted for any survey), and a national shorebird
habitat map, also by clicking on a state PDF maps for each area are
available, these maps will
continue to be refined and updated, 
4.  and background materials ranging from technical reports to examples
of public signs designed to limit the impact to shorebirds or inform on
their conservation.
You can enter, store, and edit any of your shorebird counts at <>  just ask
for a username and password to get started by e-mailing

Thank you for all that you do to strengthen the case for shorebird
conservation.  Please distribute this as widely as possible.
The Shorebirds 2020 team.

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