Field resources for citizen science
Make your birding count!
Birdata is BirdLife Australia's online database for bird sightings, including shorebird surveys as part of the Shorebirds 2020 population monitoring program.
Signing up is easy & it is free to join. Bird surveys can be submitted online or through the Birdata app available to download on the Birdata website. Users can also explore Birdata by viewing maps & statistics filtered by fields such as area, species & date.
Shorebirds are one of the most difficult groups of bird species to identify as many species look very similar. Anyone can become an expert shorebird watcher with practice & a large number of resources are available online to help you on your way!
BirdLife Shorebird ID Sheets
A set of 6 shorebird identification sheets that includes illustrations of all the common migratory and resident shorebird species in Australia. Designed for taking into the field to assist with the basics of shorebird identification (4MB).
Shorebird ID Booklet
A pocket-sized DL identification booklet with detailed descriptions of each of Australia's shorebird species. Request a free copy from BirdLife Australia.
Shorebird ID Poster
This A1-sized poster helps to identify the different shapes of shorebirds when together in large flocks & is available for free on request from BirdLife.
A PDF pocket guide to the terns of Australia (8MB). Contains key information about the habitat, distribution & nesting requirements for the identification of terns.
My Shorebird Watcher
My Shorebird Watcher app has been designed for 7 – 14 year olds to identify & study birds on the Queensland coastline of Australia.
Great for adults, teachers & parents too as a starting tool for watching shorebirds.
Available for iOS devices on the App Store.