Tuesday, April 24, 2018

OSNZ wader counts

At its meeting on 17 October 2009 Council confirmed that regions should continue with the OSNZ Wader Counts on a national basis.

The purpose of the counts is to track changes in populations of endemic species and contribute to monitoring changes in the populations of northern hemisphere breeding waders in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (particularly Bar-tailed Godwit, Red Knot and Turnstone). The Council intends to work with Birds Australia to investigate ways of developing common census and monitoring methods applicable to both countries.

DOC financial support to the wader counts ended with the February 2009 count, however regions are encouraged to continue with counts in November, February and June, wherever resources permit. The Society will be investigating possible sources of funding to assist in the future.

A report on the latest series of counts (2003-2009) is near finalisation. It is expected that this will be published by DOC in the near future.

Council and the Scientific Committee are investigating how best to maximise the value of the counts in future. We will keep you posted on developments.

I would like to thank all members who have taken part in the counts and look forward to your continued support. As many wader populations plummet across the globe OSNZ has a major contribution to make through the provision of information, particularly as we are the country at the end of the Flyway, and where the populations can best be monitored. The data has many uses and will assume greater significance in the future as pressure on estuarine areas increases.

Happy counting! (and fine weather!!!)

David Lawrie

President