The Atlas is one of BirdLife Australia’s greatest resources, allowing us to track changes in birds across the country. Since 1998 a dedicated band of over 7000 atlassers have amassed over 420,000 surveys, comprising over 7.1 million bird records.
Unlike most Atlases conducted around the world which collect data in grids, observers are asked to give the precise coordinates of where they undertook their survey. Knowing this information adds greatly to the value of the data and allows observers to go back to that precise location and conduct repeat surveys. With large numbers of observers collecting data, the Atlas provides a good insight into the changes in bird populations over time.
Atlassers have many opportunities to contribute, be it through repeat surveys or as part of general atlassing. The continued growth of the Atlas project depends upon the enthusiasm of existing Atlassers and the recruitment of new observers. With the new, improved and easy-to-use Birdata web portal now available, it’s simple to submit your bird surveys. A free Birdata mobile app for Apple and Android users is now available from app stores. Clink Here to Register.
Atlassing at Gluepot
For the duration of BirdLife Australia’s nation-wide Atlas Project (1998-2002), Gluepot was the most ‘atlassed’ site in the country. The data has been analysed specifically for Gluepot and hence it is an ideal location to continue monitoring and build up a long-term picture of fluctuations in bird diversity.
Following the 2006 fire, that destroyed approximately 8,000ha in the Birdseye Block, additional atlas sites were added in the burnt areas to monitor vegetation and fauna responses. Gluepot has the highest concentration of Atlassed sites in Australia with 75 permanent sites regularly monitored by a team of volunteers. Please contact the Reserve if you would like to take part in these surveys.
See the newsletters from Gluepot Reserve, the Friends of Gluepot, and BirdLife Australia
A new round of exciting courses is on offer at Gluepot for the 2017 season
Gluepot Reserve is managed by volunteers. It costs approximately $50,000 per annum to run Gluepot Reserve and donations are always needed.