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Research Outcomes and Impact

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How will our recruitment data from analysis of camera images be used? A straw-necked ibis shades their chicks from the sun. Image credit: CSIRO

 

Waterbirds Theme: how will our results be used?

The results from analysing colonial-nesting waterbird breeding success and movements will inform recommendations for the planning, prioritisation and management of environmental water flows within the Murray-Darling Basin, with the objective of maximising waterbird recruitment. Specifically our research will inform water and natural resource managers of:

  • The locations and characteristics of important foraging habitats both during and between breeding events
  • The required location, extent and duration of water inundation in foraging and nesting habitats needed to maximise breeding success and recruitment
  • How the characteristics of nesting habitats influence the number of chicks fledging, for example, how much nest position influences accessibility to predators
  • Waterbird nesting habitat preferences and their implications for site management
  • How water and vegetation management, and threats like predation, interact to affect waterbird recruitment

The research outcomes listed above will assist water and natural resource managers to:

  • Better understand the scales at which key habitats and environmental flows are required to support waterbird recruitment.
  • Better target environmental flows, vegetation and fauna management action
  • Ensure ‘event readiness’ at nesting sites between flooding events
  • Maximise recruitment during and after flooding events
  • Identify, maintain or restore key nesting habitat characteristics
  • Identify, maintain or restore key foraging habitats
  • Link tracked movements of waterbirds and breeding success with foraging habitat characteristics at multiple scales