In early December the annual Shorebird count was run once again across the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar Wetland. Over 60 volunteers were involved in this most recent count including local residents and volunteers from Mandurah Bird Observers, DBCA, PHCC, BirdLife WA, Murdoch University, Mandurah Cruises, Ornithological Technical Services and Myalup Bird Observers. The count is a huge collaborative effort, coordinated by PHCC in consultation with BirdLife WA.
Over a decade ago BirdLife Australia initiated the Shorebird2020 Program, an Australia wide shorebird monitoring program that aimed to gain a better understanding of the populations of the nation’s shorebirds by surveying key sites around Australia. The program was originally set up with the year 2020 as the target for completion. The Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar Wetland has been part of this program since 2008 and is one of the sites across Australia that have been able to successfully hit this target.
The program has been such a success that BirdLife Australia will continue to run this nation-wide program indefinitely. The program previously titled Shorebird2020 will now be titled The National Shorebird Monitoring Program. PHCC is committed to supporting this great citizen science project here in the Peel.
To celebrate this special milestone PHCC will host a Shorebird Celebration on the 6th of February to present the findings of the data and thank the loyal volunteers who have made this program a success in the Peel.