THE National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is urging Australians in NSW and across Australia to participate in the annual white ibis census on Sunday, October 20.
The census is conducted by the NPWS to gain a better understanding of where the ibis is breeding and travelling, and to establish whether current management practices are effective.
NPWS spokesperson Dr John Martin has said that “…it’s important to look at why ibis have been forced to seek shelter in urban areas … It was rare to see an ibis in the Sydney region 50 years ago, but the annual community survey has identified as many as 9000 in recent years”.
The NPWS need the public’s co-operation to become birdwatchers for a day and count nests and the white ibis in their area, making note whether they have been colour banded, wing tagged and where they were seen.
After the day has finished the NPSW would appreciate if all information was sent to them via the online form at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/surveys/WhiteIbisSurvey.htm