Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater Bird Survey
Sat 5 Aug & Sun 6 Aug 2017
Birdlife Australia is looking for volunteers to search for these birds across Victoria, NSW, ACT and Queensland, as Swift Parrots make their way up to the mainland from Tasmania and Regent Honeyeaters move about the landscape in search of flowering Eucalypt trees to feed on. As always, if you cannot do a survey on the weekend, we are happy for people to get out a week either side of this weekend, and as usual incidental sightings are also welcomed.
The aim of these surveys is to determine the distribution, habitat use and population trends of the critically endangered Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater. This information is used to help better manage the habitat for both species and identify important foraging areas. These surveys have been occurring for many years now and this is a continuation of an important long-term process to monitor these very rare birds.
We generally ask volunteers to survey an area for approx 20 minutes (walking slowly along a walking track or through a park and observing birds). Any spot is fine for carrying out the survey (e.g. National Parks, conservation reserves, private property), but both species do prefer areas which contain flowering eucalypts for foraging or areas of heavy lerp and insect loads.
Suggested locations in the Wagga Wagga LGA include: Livingstone National Park. Mates Gully Travelling Stock Reserve, Pomingalarna Reserve, Silverlite Reserve and Charles Sturt University.
You might find it useful to use our list of suggested survey locations as a guide. You can also contact one of the Woodland Birds for Biodiversity team and we can put you in touch with a local coordinator to help find suitable survey locations and to get site specific maps. We have recently generated maps of some of our suggested survey locations, particularly for larger sites such as National Parks, to help narrow the search.
We also encourage volunteers to submit data on other woodland bird species recorded to the BirdLife Australia Atlas (i.e. this can be done whilst looking for Regent Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots).
For survey forms and for further information visit the website link below.
Image credit: G. Dabb