Australia - BirdLife Australia
Mission of the organisation
BirdLife Australia is dedicated to achieving outstanding conservation results for our native birds and their habitats. BirdLife Australia’s motto is ‘Birds are in our nature’.
Atlas of Australian Birds is one of BirdLife Australia’s greatest resources, allowing us to track changes in birds across the country. Atlas data forms the basis for research publications such as The State of Australia's Birds. Since 1998 a dedicated band of over 7000 atlassers have conducted over 500,000 surveys, amassing about 10 million bird records. BirdLife Australia is currently developing a fixed-site monitoring network and bird indices for assessing population trends based on Atlas data.
Birdata is a website devoted to the Atlas of Australian Birds where atlassers can enter new data and gain feedback about their surveys and sites. At its core is sophisticated software that maps the distribution of every Australian bird. General bird lists for any part of the country are also available by clicking on the Birdata map.
Beach-nesting Birds aims to improve and inform decision making for the conservation management of Australia’s resident, beach-nesting shorebirds. This project has increased awareness and involvement by communities and beach users in conservation of beach-nesting birds. The project is carried out in partnership with Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority and funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program.
Birds in Backyards was established in 1998. This program (run in partnership with the Australian Museum) uses three themes — scientific research, education and conservation — to examine and understand the ecology of birds in the urban environment. The project began in Sydney and has quickly expanded to other centres to encompass a nationwide scope.
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) are sites of global bird conservation importance. Each of Australia’s 314 IBAs meets one of four global criteria used by BirdLife International. In partnership with Rio Tinto, BirdLife Australia is monitoring the birds in Australia’s IBAs, advocating their importance to government, and working with land-holders and other local people to conserve them.
Shorebirds 2020 is a project designed to reinvigorate and coordinate national shorebird monitoring in Australia. A collaborative enterprise involving the Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG), WWF–Australia and the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program, the project’s primary objectives are to collect data on the numbers of shorebirds in a manner that can be used to aid their conservation and management, identify long- and short-term population trends, and explore what may be causing those changes.
Threatened Bird Network aims to encourage community participation in urgent conservation tasks for threatened birds. At any time TBN has over 5000 volunteers registered and assists up to 30 projects each year working on threatened bird conservation. This assistance includes activities such as participating in surveys, attendance at recovery team meetings (including Malleefowl, Swift Parrot, Helmeted Honeyeater, Regent Honeyeater and Orange-bellied Parrot), and conducting workshops to equip volunteers with the skills they require to assist the conservation effort.
Woodland Birds for Biodiversity is enhancing the conservation of threatened and declining woodland birds in temperate south-eastern Australia. The high-profile Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater are used as flagships to achieve outcomes to benefit at least 38 other threatened bird species, 18 endangered ecological communities and numerous threatened plants. This is achieved by improved on-ground protection and management of both public and private land; improved habitat connectivity and extent through restoration and revegetation; monitoring the effectiveness of habitat restoration, determining population trends and priority sites for woodland birds; increased community survey effort; and identification and monitoring of potential impacts of climate change. The project is funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program.
Great Western Woodlands is examining the distribution of birds in the 16-million hectare Great Western Woodlands, one of the world’s largest intact temperate woodlands. It examines the status of some declining species which still occur in the region with a view to understanding how management of this fragile habitat can be managed effectively to secure a future for the woodland and the birds which live in it, and apply this knowledge to woodlands elsewhere.
Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo recovery program works with local communities, landholders and land managers to secure the protection and conservation of the habitat of the Endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo. In collaboration with WWF–Australia, and with support from Natural Resource Management groups, the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program, the program collects data to identify and prioritise nesting sites for recovery actions; engages and educates the community; supports private landholders to preserve and restore priority remnant vegetation; provides funds to support fencing, revegetation, weed control and competitor control; and repairs damaged or degraded nesting hollows, and monitors them.
Combining the best aspects of Wingspan and the Bird Observer (the magazines formerly produced by Birds Australia and BOCA), we now publish Australian BirdLife, a spectacular full-colour quarterly magazine that is crammed with fascinating articles about birds, birdwatching and bird conservation.
Emu — Austral Ornithology is a renowned quarterly scientific journal which deals with cutting-edge research on the birds of the Southern Hemisphere and the adjacent tropics, as well as bird conservation, covering issues ranging from global scale right down to DNA analysis. It also includes detailed studies of the ecology and morphology of a wide variety of Australasian birds. It has been our flagship publication for over a century.
Australian Field Ornithology is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original papers on a broad spectrum of topics relating to Australian ornithology, including ecology, behaviour and history of individual species and groups. It also publishes significant natural history observations and has a particular emphasis on data or observations gained in the field.
The Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB) is a unique, encyclopaedic publication which summarises all that we know of the 950 species of birds that are found in this region.
State of Australia’s Birdshave been produced annually since 2003. These reports collate and disseminate information on trends in bird populations. SOAB informs Australians about the status of their birds and helps bring about improved understanding and better management of the land for birds and other biota. It also provides feedback to the dedicated thousands who volunteer their time and skills to monitor birds.
BirdLife Australia has identified 314 Important Bird Areas throughout Australiaand its territories
BirdLife Australia successfully campaigned to have the Australasian Bittern and Australian Painted Snipe officially recognised as threatened species, with the extra protection that this entails
BirdLife Australia has received 10 million Atlas records since 1998
BirdLife Australia’s Beach nesting Birds Project has overseen a 400% increase in breeding success on some beaches
BirdLife Australia has fenced off 1500 hectares of vital breeding habitat for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos
BirdLife Australia has overseen the planting of 28,000 trees in just one year to revegetate Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo habitat in western Victoria and south-eastern SA
BirdLife Australia has passed the 10,000 member mark for the first time, giving us greater influence so that we can give Australia’s birds a brighter future
Regular monitoring by BirdLife Australia’s Shorebirds 2020 project alerted researchers that the numbers of Great Knots and Eastern Curlews wintering in Australia has declined markedly in recent years; armed with this data, BirdLife Australia was able to ensure that their conservation status was upgraded so they can now be afforded better protection