Tracking Bunyip Birds

12 Sep 2014 11:22 AM -

Rice farmers across the Riverina and bird lovers throughout Australia are being urged to get behind a crowdfunding project set to uncover the secrets of Australia's Bunyip Bird by using satellite transmitters. 

The globally endangered Australasian Bittern is one of the country's most poorly known birds, but recently a breeding population using rice crops has been found to occur in very significant numbers, yet nobody knows where they go after the rice has been harvested. 

The Bitterns in Rice Project is a collaboration between Birdlife Australia, the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA), the Riverina Local Land Services, Murrumbidgee Landcare and range of other organisations. It is aiming to raise $50 000 to satellite track at least seven bitterns, providing valuable ecological data and enabling people to follow the birds' movements online.  

Read the full media release here.