BirdLife Shoalhaven has established the Bushfire Research Project (BRP) to identify and quantify the long-term impact of fire on bird populations in the Shoalhaven.
The good news is that local residents can help this project by becoming a bird surveyor.
Over 30 bird surveyors are now collecting data from over 100 sites across the region, monitoring these sites through 20 minute/two-hectare surveys that are entered into BirdLife Australia's Birdata portal and app for the BRP to collate.
BirdLife Shoalhaven wants to widen the number of survey sites, especially in habitats that have suffered damage from fire.
If you would like to be involved, and you know your birds - sign-up to Birdata and download the app at https://birdata.birdlife.org.au/.
Then find a site that you are keen to survey every quarter, complete a 20 minute /two-hectare survey and register the site on Birdata.
Contact Gary Brady, BRP project coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any guidance on setting up a site or entering your sightings into Birdata.
Also record incidental sightings of species you are unlikely to see during your surveys.
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