Archive for July, 2016
July 20th, 2016
Subject: Citizen science study into bird feeding and watering in Australia
Dr Gráinne Cleary, is a research fellow working with Prof Don Driscoll and Dr Kelly Miller at Deakin University and Prof Darryl Jones at Griffith University, investigating the complex and controversial issue of bird feeding through the Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study and writes:
We are recruiting for people to take part in this study which started August 1st and would appreciate if you would circulate this email to people you feel would be interested in getting involved in the study.
Why is research into bird feeding needed?
We estimate that over 40% of Australian households provide food for birds with more providing water. However despite their good intentions of wanting to help native birds people end up attracting undesirable visitors, including introduced species and hyper aggressive birds such as Noisy Miners. Bird feeding is a major issue that we cannot ignore and the absence of any real evidence based research means we don’t know the affect bird feeding is having on the environment. Our study will help fill this information gap to inform principles around bird feeding.
How will we investigate bird feeding?
We are currently recruiting citizen scientists to participate in the study. We have developed a customised online web portal (www.feedingbirds.org.au) that allows participants to enter information about their bird feeding and watering activities. We will work closely with our participants to understand what people are feeding birds, how often and why specific food and/or water is provided. We will also examine the motivations behind these activities and what are felt to be the benefits to themselves and to the birds.
How to get involved in the study?
If you provide food or water for birds we would love you to get involved in the study by registering at www.feedingbirds.org.au The study starts Aug 1st and will run for four weeks and during this time we would like you to record what birds are visiting your bath or feeder for 20 minutes, once a day and 3 times a week. We know that you may not be able to commit to the full survey period so just do what you can as all the data helps!
If you have any questions about the study please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org