[ACSA] Bathing Birds is published!

To: 'Mona Loofs-Samorzewski' <>, "" <>
Subject: [ACSA] Bathing Birds is published!
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 03:14:26 +0000
Unfortunately the list doesn't allow pdf attachments, so it's been removed. 
Here's the abstract:
Private gardens provide habitat and resources for many birds living in 
landscapes. While wild bird feeding is recognised as one of the most popular 
forms of
human-wildlife interaction, almost nothing is known about the use of bird 
baths. This citizen
science initiative explores avian assemblages at bird baths in private gardens 
in south-eastern
Australia and how this differs with respect to levels of urbanisation and 
bioregion. Overall,
992 citizen scientists collected data over two, four-week survey periods during 
2014 and summer 2015 (43% participated in both years). Avian assemblages at 
urban and
rural bird baths differed between bioregions with aggressive nectar-eating 
species influenced
the avian assemblages visiting urban bird baths in South Eastern Queensland, NSW
North Coast and Sydney Basin while introduced birds contributed to differences 
in South
Western Slopes, Southern Volcanic Plains and Victorian Midlands. Small 
honeyeaters and
other small native birds occurred less often at urban bird baths compared to 
rural bird baths.
Our results suggest that differences between urban versus rural areas, as well 
as bioregion,
significantly influence the composition of avian assemblages visiting bird 
baths in private
gardens. We also demonstrate that citizen science monitoring of fixed survey 
sites such as
bird baths is a useful tool in understanding large-scale patterns in avian 
assemblages which
requires a vast amount of data to be collected across broad areas.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mona Loofs-Samorzewski 
> Sent: Friday, 18 March 2016 2:02 PM
> To: 
> Subject: Fwd: [ACSA] Bathing Birds is published!
> Hi folks
> An interesting paper regarding bird baths and the use of citizen science to
> collect data.
> Mona
>       Begin forwarded message:
>       From: Grainne Cleary <
> <> >
>       Subject: [ACSA] Bathing Birds is published!
>       Date: 17 March 2016 3:21:27 pm AEDT
>       To: "
> <> " <
> <> >
>       Hi All - We have just had our paper on birds using bird baths in
> Australia using citizen science data published in Plus One. We sent a copy of
> our paper to all our registered citizen scientists and had the best feedback
> from them regarding the successful publication. See attached for our paper.
>       Grá
>       Dr Gráinne Cleary
>       Casual Research Fellow
>       School of Life and Environmental Sciences,
>       Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment
>       Deakin University
>       Melbourne Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC
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