Hooded Robin – photograph by Jayden Gunn
My name is Jayden Gunn, I’ve recently filled the role of Project Coordinator for Birdlife Australia’s Central West NSW Birds on Farms project.
Woodlands have been severely depleted throughout south-eastern Australia. Temperate systems in the Central West of NSW – one of the country’s longest-settled agricultural regions – have been particularly impacted resulting in widespread and catastrophic consequences for our native woodland dependent birds. Birds on Farms is a monitoring program coordinated by BirdLife Australia and implemented by citizen scientists across Victoria and NSW. It aims to address important conservation questions about bird distribution, population health and habitat use on private rural land. Importantly, the project also engages new landholders in bird identification, appreciation of their behaviour, ecology and habitat use. The project has 3 focus species – the Turquoise parrot, Hooded robin and Brown treecreeper where some on-ground conservation work will be implemented to support these species into the future.
We are currently seeking EOI’s for properties to be involved in our bird monitoring program. Surveys are undertaken quarterly. The surveys are undertaken by the landholders if they are skilled and experienced birdwatchers. Otherwise we’ll help to arrange an external birdwatcher to undertake the surveys instead, in which you are also able to be involved as an assistant/trainee if you are interested. Please feel free to let your neighbours and colleagues know about this monitoring program as well, as we are seeking at least 40 properties to be part of this program. We would assist you in the set-up of the 2-hectare survey locations, understand the monitoring of these sites and provide guidance in other relevant aspects.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further information. I look forward to hearing from you.
Please have a look at this projects introduction below and it provides all the information you need to know to contact Jayden and get involved.