Welcome to the Victorian Wader Study Group (VWSG) web site.
- was formally constituted in 1978, however fieldwork actually began in 1975,
- has as it's primary objective to conduct a long-term comprehensive study of waders and terns throughout Victoria and south-east South Australia,
- is a non-profit organisation and is made up of around 140 volunteers,
- monitors both migrant and resident species.
Research objectives include:
- Population monitoring (by counting and catching)
- Determination of migration routes, stopover locations and destinations
- Biometrics of species and subpopulations
- Weight changes associated with migration
- Primary moult duration and mode
- Survival rates
- Reproductive rates
- Behavioural differences between adult and immature birds
- Determination of age when species first breed
A compilation of tales about Clive Minton and his enormous contribution to wader studies, both here and overseas, has been produced in an online book titled "The Father of Wader Studies - Tales of C.D.T.Minton". Download a copy of The Father of Wader Studies