In the vast expanse of Australia’s arid lands lies a birder’s haven – Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary. Every Easter, a dedicated team of ecologists and volunteers from the Queensland Bird Research and Banding Group embark on a unique expedition to monitor the region’s enigmatic bird species.
Among them is Hayden de Villiers, a field ecologist on sanctuary. In his time spent contributing to this survey, he’s learned that the early bird may get the worm, and the early cat may get the bird, but the early volunteer gets an unforgettable glimpse into the captivating world of arid-adapted birds.
The annual bird survey is no ordinary field trip; it’s a critical endeavor in understanding the ecology and dynamics of the arid zone species. Information gathered from this ongoing study sheds light on their productivity, survival, movements, and overall condition, especially in response to changing environments and vegetation communities.
This year, the team celebrated a fruitful survey, capturing a remarkable 804 birds from 48 different species.
Hayden says a well-oiled team meant the week ran smoothly:
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