SHOREBIRD DISTURBANCE MONITORING PROJECT
Roebuck Bay is one of the most important sites in the world for migratory shorebirds, which journey here from the northern hemisphere to feed on our rich mudflats. At the Broome Bird Observatory we want to keep it that way! Arguably the main threat that shorebirds face in our bay is disturbance. When shorebirds are disturbed, they take off together in large flocks, interrupting their resting periods and using up energy reserves. Some disturbance is natural, but human activities can cause extra disturbance that may be harmful to the birds.
So we can understand the extent of this problem, we are starting a project to determine how often shorebirds are disturbed in the bay, what causes this disturbance, and whether it happens more often than it did a decade ago. This is where we need your help! We will be watching shorebirds on the northern beaches of the bay twice a month for the next year, for four hours around high tide. During these watches, we will record how often and how severely the birds are disturbed, and what causes each disturbance.
We need willing volunteers to help out with these watches so we can cover a representative area of five beaches. No previous experience of watching or counting shorebirds is necessary and we will provide training. All you need is enthusiasm and willingness to watch the birds and spend time along the beaches of the bay.
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9193 5600 if you are interested in joining the team. We will hold our first watch on Saturday 17th August meeting at 8:00 AM at the Broome Bird Observatory.
DRY SEASON CANNON NETTING
Banding shorebirds provides a huge amount of information about their migrations and life history. This information is vital for the protection and conservation of these species both here and abroad. Come and join ornithologists from the Global Flyway Network and local volunteers to help catch and band the birds in Roebuck Bay - an opportunity to see shorebird fieldwork in action and to learn more about the birds and our work. Please ensure you arrive on time and have closed shoes that can get wet, protection from the sun, adequate water and food. There is no need to book.
Dates and times for 2019
Interested volunteers can meet us at the Broome Bird Observatory at the times below:
Sunday 16th June - 7:45 AM
Sunday 23rd June - Midday
Sunday 7th July - 11:30 AM
Sunday 21st July - 11:00 AM
Sunday 18th August - CANCELLED
Sunday 15th September - 9:30 AM
Saturday 28th September - 8:15 AM
Saturday 5th October - 12:15 PM
Sunday 13th October - 8:30 AM
Sunday 20th October - Midday
Sunday 27th October - 8:00 AM
CAMPGROUND HOST POSITIONS ARE OPEN FOR 2020
We require a person or couple to assist us with cleaning, maintenance and welcoming guests for one month at a time from March through to the end of October.
Campground hosts positions are available throughout 2020. Campground hosts are provided with a powered campsite free of charge and free tours where space on our existing schedule allows.
For further details, or to apply, please contact us.
VOLUNTEER FOR ROEBUCK BAY
Broome Bird Observatory is a member of the Roebuck Bay Working Group. Throughout the year various volunteer activities are conducted in the bay such as seagrass, shorebird, and near-shore dolphin monitoring. Get involved and lend our internationally important wetland a helping hand!
Employment and long-term volunteering
For mid- to long-term volunteer/employment opportunities at the BBO, all the roles reside and work on site. Applicants will need to be able to work as part of a small team who undertake a broad range of duties necessary to ensure that guests experience the best visit possible – experience having shown that word of mouth is the best form of advertising. These are hands-on roles best suited to highly motivated self-starters, perhaps with previous experience in the hospitality/eco-tourism industry.
Excellent people skills will be needed to work positively with guests. Extreme climatic conditions (heat and humidity) can be experienced throughout the working day and evening, particularly in the wet season from November to April. Flexibility and initiative will be necessary to cope with the challenging work environment.
For the right people this is an exciting and rewarding opportunity – please contact the BBO if you think you have the ability to live in a remote location with basic conditions, and the skills, commitment and physical fitness that we are seeking.