National Shorebird Monitoring happens twice a year (once in summer and once in winter).
The BirdLife Australia National Shorebird Monitoring project provides a better understanding of our national shorebird population by surveying key sites around Australia.
The project is a collaborative effort, made possible by our volunteers, along with associated groups like the Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG), which helped the project take flight way back in 2007.
Through this project, BirdLife Australia has been able to identify short- and long-term trends in threatened shorebird populations and worked closely with partners and volunteers across the country to create management plans to reverse the worrying declines observed.
Our National Shorebird Monitoring project wouldn’t exist without our thousands of volunteers! Anyone can be a volunteer – whether you’re retired, are a school leaver or just have a little spare time on your hands.
Our only requirement is that you have experience identifying and observing birds and that you have a valid form of transport.
To take part in the Monitoring project, you can either:
All sightings are entered into Birdata, Australia’s largest and longest running database for birds.
Anyone with a shared love and respect for shorebirds should volunteer for the National Shorebird Monitoring project. This includes:
There are 520 monitoring sites across Australia. To find your local site, contact us with your location and we will connect you with your nearest shorebird area.
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Our volunteers come from all backgrounds, ages and experiences – and they all help make a real difference for Australia’s most threatened birds.