Maximising the recruitment of young waterbirds into the adult population depends on maximising the number of birds that fledge from each nesting colony AND maximising juvenile survival after they leave the colony.
The Waterbirds Theme is focusing its research questions on ‘recruitment’ for the following reasons:
The overarching research questions the Waterbirds Theme will address are:
We’ve identified two critical knowledge gaps which relate to the above research questions and which will be addressed through our research activities:
Critical Knowledge Gap 1
Critical Knowledge Gap 2
By quantifying waterbird survival rates, movements, and their drivers, particularly the relative influence of flow variables, habitat variables, pressures and threats, we will assist environmental water managers to better identify, maintain or restore key waterbird habitats. We’ll also gain a better understanding of the scales at which key habitats and environmental flows are required to support waterbird recruitment.