Research is for the birds

BIRD watching on the Coffs Coast is being taken to new heights, with the largest ever aerial survey of waterbirds launched this month.

The Coffs Coast is on the Eastern Australian leg of the marathon nation-wide survey being conducted by a team of environmental researchers from the University of New South Wales.

It is the first time that all of the nation's wetlands have been assessed together in this way and is thought to be the largest and most ambitious continental-scale research project of its type ever attempted.

Environmental scientist Professor Richard Kingsford said the project is a world first.

“No resource is more vital to Australia than its fresh water and no other country has used waterbirds as an indicator of the health of its wetlands,” he said.

“The project will make a significant contribution by helping environmental water managers, governments, and scientists to better monitor and manage environmental water delivery.”



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