Wolli Creek Birdos research project

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Dorothy Luther's picture
Wolli Creek Birdos research project

Dear BIBY,

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I'd like to inform you of a project that the Wolli Creek Birdos (part of Wolli Creek Preservation Society) are undertaking in conjunction with some students of Statistics from Macquarie University. Our volunteers have collected bird survey data since 1965 and we are now getting the students to analyse it as part of their undergraduate studies. Initial questions will be about the change in abundance of bird species & actual numbers of birds seen in the valley over time. we have identified a number of sub areas within the valley that have different habitat types and there has been a lot of change over time relating to bush regeneration & urbanisation around the valley.

Initially I'm just advising you of the project, but it seems like quite a useful piece of research, so I'm also asking whether I can get any advice from you on how to publicise our findings to the wider birding community.

Woko's picture

Most interesting, a. 55 years of data should produce some really important findings about trends in species populations. 

I'm not sure about how to publicize the findings among bridos but I would have thought it would be perhaps even more important to publicize the findings among non-birdos who need to be better informed about what is happening with nature generally, birds in particular & the relationship between human well-being & a healthy natural environment. Correlations between bird species population numbers & human impacts on the natural environment might be very instructive. 

I imagine regular media outlets could be useful in publicizing results but because much of the media supports habitat destruction in the name of human development, short term business profits, population growth & job creation care would need to be taken in ensuring the accuracy of any media reports. 

sue818's picture

Perhaps Holly, as a Birdlife representative might be able to give you some advice as well as the good suggestions from Woko. I messaged her for you but i know she is quite busy.

Holly's picture

Hi a! That sounds brilliant. Do you mind popping me an email and we can have a good chat about it - we are really excited to hear about your findings.




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