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What Is The Feathermap Project? 

 

What’s Happening To Our Waterbirds And Wetlands?
Children love collecting feathers and here’s an opportunity to learn more about what science can do and which birds belong to which feathers. Why not have a look at what the Feather Map project is doing and get involved ?

The Feather Map Project  will be used to track the movement of waterbirds around Australia from wetland to wetland based on an analysis of the feathers. The project aims to collect waterbird feathers from wetlands around Australia. These feathers will be analysed using nuclear techniques,  equipment similar to an X-ray machine. 

The scanned feathers will help identify the bird species and reveal information about its diet, where its been and how healthy its habitat is. These analyses will identify the differences in feathers from diverse parts of Australia, creating a Feather Map.The aim is to improve our conservation of both wetlands and waterbird populations around Australia. It is a project of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Wetlands around Australia are under threat from reduced river flows and flooding, drought, climate change and land use changes. Wetlands are habitats that are critical for Australia’s waterbirds. They provide places for nesting, feeding and roosting. For many species of waterbirds, flooded wetlands are essential for nesting. Without floods and river flows many waterbirds don’t breed. 

This project will collect information on which wetlands waterbirds use, how they use them and wetland health.

For more information or to get involved have a look at http://feathermap.ansto.gov.au/WhatIsIt/index.htm