Waterbird Tracker

The Waterbird Tracker is a web-based platform which enables the user to track the wetland use of 6 key waterbird species.

Southern Nature Reserve, Macquarie MarshesThe Waterbird Tracker project will help conserve our important wetlands. The platform is designed to help you learn about and collect information on our iconic waterbirds. We’ve started with 6 waterbirds – jabiru, brolga, swan, glossy ibis, magpie geese and spoonbills and want your help in collecting records for them. By participating, you also help others to learn more about these magnificent birds and their wetland homes and highlight threats that can harm their habitats, including their long-term survival across the region.

It is a great way for local communities to track waterbirds and help NSW Department of Planning and Environment (Environment, Energy and Science) build a profile on the locations and activities of these waterbirds across the region. We can use waterbird profiles to assist landholders to promote and conserve local wetlands that are important to the long-term survival of waterbirds.

Record waterbird sighting

Why track waterbirds?

Many waterbirds rely on our inland rivers and wetlands for all or part of their life cycle. They can move across large areas of our region in search of suitable habitats that provide the different food types they need to survive. These habitats are the wet places in the landscape that need protection and regular water flows to be in a healthy condition to provide food and nesting places.

With your help, over time, the movement and locations of waterbirds will be better known across the northern region of the Murray-Darling Basin.

The Waterbird Tracker project will focus on 6 key species known to have populations in these regions:

  • brolga (Grus rubicunda)
  • black-necked stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
  • magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata)
  • black swan (Cygnus atratus)
  • glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus threskiornithidae)
  • spoonbills: royal spoonbill (Platalea regia) and yellow-billed spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)