Georges Riverkeeper has begun assisting with shorebird monitoring. We are working with The Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG) which is a special interest group of BirdLife Australia that focuses studies on waders, or shorebirds, in Australia and throughout their migration routes in the Asia Pacific.
In June, we began counting shorebirds at the Ramsar listed wetland at Towra Point, as well as at other key shorebird habitat within Sutherland Shire Council's and Bayside Council's Local Government Areas. These areas represent the most important shorebird habitat in the Sydney region.
Some of the species encountered so far include pied oyster catchers, bar tailed godwits, whimbrels, and numerous others.The results will be transferred to Local Land Services before being entered on a federal database, satisfying obligations for monitoring under the Ramsar treaty.