Reef Catchments and Wild Mob partner again to survey bird populations on Capricorn Cays
Wild Mob and Reef Catchments are working to support the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Australasian Seabird Association in a collaborative research project that aims to better understand and conserve seabirds in the Great Barrier Reef Region. The project will take place on the Capricorn Cays, a group of small sand islands off Gladstone, in central Queensland.
Despite their small size, these islands support more than 75% of all the seabirds found within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area and thus are critical to maintaining its universal value.
The project aims to estimate the current population size of both the black noddy and wedge-tailed shearwater on the Capricorn Cays. This will be the first comprehensive survey undertaken in 12 years and will provide vital information required to plan and implement conservation management of these species.
The survey will be undertaken from the 14th-23rd January 2013. There are exciting opportunities for volunteers to be involved. Visit the project page on the Wild Mob website for more information.