Natural Resources SAMDB has a very active bird monitoring program across the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB) region. The data collected is important because birds are an excellent indicator of general environmental health including habitat condition and ecosystem function.
Citizen Science birders collect data that contributes to an ‘atlas’ of bird distributions against which future changes can be monitored. Data collected by the program are shared through the Atlas of Living Australia and the Biological Database of South Australia.
The SAMDB bird monitoring program has an easy to use internet portal where users can enter data. A mobile phone app is also in development and will be available soon. The internet portal can accommodate various types of data collection ranging from formal surveys to opportunistic sightings, and people with all levels of birding experience are encouraged to contribute.
Registered users can view all data from across the SAMDB region and to store their own records of bird observations, as well as receive email alerts about particular species or specific sites of interest.
If you require further bird identification and survey training, workshops and guided field surveys are held regularly across the region. You can also watch the excellent community bird workshops held in the Eyre Peninsula click here
For additional information and assistance, please email Katie Irvine, Citizen Science Project Officer, or call 08 8391 7500.