Wetlands Australia: National Wetlands Update August 2014

Department of the Environment, 2014

Issue No. 25, August 2014

ISSN 1446-4843


Waterbirds depend on wetlands. Biologically productive wetland habitats support a variety of life cycle stages, including feeding, breeding, nesting and moulting, for many resident and migratory waterbirds.

This edition of Wetlands Australia will highlight the important role wetlands play in supporting waterbirds. It includes stories of successful wetland restoration and conservation works, waterbird monitoring and research programs and community projects within wetlands that benefit waterbirds.

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Introduction and contents

Introduction and contents (PDF - 356.09 KB)

Ramsar wetlands support waterbirds and their habitat

Ramsar wetlands support waterbirds and their habitat (PDF - 491.66 KB)

  • Ashmore Reef: A tropical paradise for seabirds
  • Banrock Station’s record bird numbers
  • Delivering biodiversity dividends for the Barratta Creek Catchment, and for the Bowling Green Bay Ramsar Wetland
  • Protecting Ramsar values at Little Llangothlin Lagoon
  • Hooded plovers and hypersaline pink lakes - a possible symbiosis?
  • Restoring the upstream catchment of a Ramsar listed wetland
  • Fox on the run: Integrated fox control key to protecting waterbirds
  • Celebrating World Wetlands Day 2014 at two Ramsar sites in New South Wales

Waterbirds and environmental water

Waterbirds and environmental water (PDF - 488.1 KB)

  • Waders in the wetlands
  • Rehabilitating lost lakes in western New South Wales
  • Environmental water supports waterbirds in Murray River Ramsar wetland
  • 2011: A good year for Lower Murray black box recruitment
  • On-ground works improving creek and wetland management in the Murray and Murrumbidgee valleys
  • Waterbird monitoring in inland New South Wales

Waterbirds, wetlands and rehabilitation

Waterbirds, wetlands and rehabilitation (PDF - 743.34 KB)

  • The Green Army Programme
  • Restoration trial underway in Long Swamp, south-west Victoria
  • When mermaids return...so do egrets!!
  • Working together to restore Grassdale Lagoon on Kangaroo Island
  • Farm Dam Blitz!
  • Shorebirds flock to the Samphire Coast
  • The first season at a newly restored wetland – Gooseneck Swamp, Victoria
  • The value of commercial saltfields for shorebird conservation in Australia
  • Constructed wetlands offer opportunities for biodiversity to thrive
  • Funding available for conservation works in the Lower Blackwood, Western Australia
  • As nature intended: Discovering Albury’s hidden secret

Wetlands and waterbird research

Wetlands and waterbird research (PDF - 403.75 KB)

  • Inventory update highlights conservation progress and priorities in Pacific Island countries
  • We’d like to order some more bitterns and rice, please
  • Conserving Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands in the South East of South Australia
  • Dances with cranes
  • Rangers raise the profile of waterbird breeding and migration in Gulf wetlands
  • Informed decision making for the conservation of wetland birds and their habitats
  • Wetland eBook launched

Wetlands and climate change

Wetlands and climate change (PDF - 234.69 KB)

  • Coastal wetlands help us adapt to sea-level rise
  • Riparian restoration mitigates the impacts of climate change
  • CSIRO’s Coastal Carbon Cluster project


Networking (PDF - 143.23 KB)

  • Australia to host World Parks Congress
  • Australian and World Wetland Network news

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