A new bird monitoring program is being rolled out across the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB) region. Monitoring of birds is useful because birds are a good indicator of general environmental health including habitat condition and ecosystem function. Members of the SAMDB bird monitoring program are encouraged to collect data that contributes to development of an ‘atlas’ of bird distributions against which future changes can be monitored. Data collected by the program will be shared through the Atlas of Living Australia and the Biological Database of South Australia. The SAMDB bird monitoring program has an easy to use internet portal where users can enter data. The internet portal can accommodate various types of data collection ranging from formal surveys undertaken by keen birders to opportunistic sightings by more casual observers. Registered users will be able to view all data from across the SAMDB region and to store their own records of bird observations, as well as receive email alerts about particular species or specific sites of interest.
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