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Victorian Wader Study Group

The Victorian Wader Study Group (VWSG) began its activities in 1975. The VWSG’s primary objective is to conduct a long-term comprehensive study of waders and terns throughout Victoria. This is achieved primarily through capture and release of birds at key high tide roosts.

The VWSG is a non-profit organisation and is made up of around 140 volunteers.

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Warning against handling sick birds

Wildlife Health Australia has issued a warning notice with risk management advice for bird banders, wildlife rangers and researchers about High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza and Wild Birds. Expert advice from our our research members, Michelle Wille and Marcel Klaassen, was important to formulating this statement. Michelle and Marcel have also provided more information about avian…

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The bulletin features a summary of our geolocator program, now in its 13th year. Since 2009, 1288 geolocators have been deployed. The work has resulted in this landmark publication by @S_Lisovski @MarsKlaassen… 👉Read more here:…

A great summary of our efforts is outlined in the latest volume of the VWSG bulletin. Despite all the challenges we faced in 2021, we still managed to catch and flag 1267 birds, including 122 Sanderlings in collaboration with @GHCMA. 👉…

We are grateful to local experts @MarsKlaassen @DuckSwabber for providing information on bird flu risk in Australia in the 2022 Bulletin. Please call the Emergency Disease Watch Hotline if you observe an avian mortality event in Australia: 1800 675 888…

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