SEQ Autumn Migration Project

Can you spare 20 minutes each fortnight to count birds in your local patch?

image -  Yellow-faced Honeyeater swamp Bloodwood horiz branch
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
© Peter Storer

We know very little about the timing and routes of movements of species that migrate to and through Southeast Queensland during autumn. This project aims to find out!

Recent studies have shown that the timing of migration of bush birds in southern Australia is changing, probably due to climate change. Southeast Queensland appears to be a major thoroughfare or wintering ground for many species migrating from NSW, Victoria and even Tasmania, but we still have very little idea of their routes, timing and the numbers of birds involved.

The aim of the SEQ Autumn Migration Project is to increase our understanding of the abundance and timing of winter migrants through southeast Qld. Apart from many honeyeater species, this includes the Grey Fantail, Golden Whistler, Striated and Spotted Pardalotes, and Silvereye.

All you have to do is visit your local patch of bush six times over the 12 weeks of the project, and count birds for 20 minutes. It's that simple!

Dates: 1 March - 31 May 2017

If you want to be part of this project, please .

Use "SEQ Autumn Migration" as the subject/ title of the email.

Once you've registered as a volunteer counter, you'll be sent guidelines and count sheets. You can also do surveys using eBird.

Richard Noske
Coordinator, SEQ Autumn Migration Project

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