There are presently nine areas in Wolli Creek Valley and Bardwell Valley which are surveyed once a month by a small but keen group of amateurs from all walks of life and all ages. Observations are noted whilst walking one of these nine survey routes for an hour or so (usually an early weekend morning).
These observations are later entered into the database “Atlas of Living Australia” (ALA) http://www.ala.org.au/, which is a collaboration between CSIRO, Australia’s museums and herbaria, universities and the Australian Government. ALA is an “open access” database available to researchers, industry, government and the community.
This type of “citizen science” is an extremely important contribution to environmental monitoring and reporting, conservation planning, and biodiversity data management.
We would be thrilled to welcome you to one of our teams; no experience is necessary just lots of enthusiasm and the ability to wake very early one morning a month!
Please email email@example.com and we will contact you with more detailed information regarding the location of the various survey areas so that you can choose one that is suitable for you.
However if you prefer not to participate in a survey group but would nevertheless like to be informed of our sightings or perhaps report a sighting yourself (a photo would also be good) then email the above address and ask to be included on the Wolli Creek Birdo email list.
Here is a report from one surveyor about why they do it Why I survey birds