Lake Cullen Bird Monitoring Project, VIC – volunteers needed (ongoing)

Lake Cullen Bird Monitoring Project, VIC – volunteers needed (ongoing)

Lake Cullen, approximately 20km north of Kerang, is an important component of the internationally significant Kerang Wetlands Ramsar site. It is the only intermittent saline wetland within the Ramsar site and is used extensively for foraging by large numbers of waterbirds due to its large size and unique environment. Fifty-six species of waterbird have been observed at Lake Cullen including many threatened species and international migrants.

BirdLife Australia, with support from the Victorian Environmental Water Holder and the North Central Catchment Management Authority, are monitoring the responses of waterbirds to recent environmental watering at Lake Cullen.

New data will be used in conjunction with previous bird data to analyse the responses of waterbirds in order to (hopefully) determine the benefits of environmental watering. Volunteers will play a key role in data collection, and we are looking for birdwatchers to take on the bird monitoring at Lake Cullen.

BirdLife Australia will also be running community events (training/engagement workshops and field trips) for the project. For more information or if you are interested in volunteering on the project, contact darren.quin@birdlife.org.au

By Darren Quin

Photo: Chris Purnell

 

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