News & Events

November 12, 2020

EAAFSSM wrap up of VWSG talks

Between November 3 and 5, the first East Asian-Australasian Flyway Shorebird Science Meeting was held online, hosted by the National Institute of Ecology, Seocheon-gun, Republic of Korea.

The meeting had a fantastic array of speakers from different parts of the flyway, and a huge amount of new and exciting research and information was shared among participants.

A number of VWSG and AWSG members presented during this conference, about many great findings and achievements. There was also a fabulous plenary from Kate Gorringe-Smith on using art to engage, educate and inspire people about shorebirds.

Michelle Wille provided a excellent plenary speech on viruses in shorebirds. If you didn’t understand viruses before this talk, you would definitely know all about them after hearing this presentation!


Grace Maglio talked about the results of the oriental pratincole satellite tracking.


Amanda Lilleyman talked about the migration routes and non-breeding distribution of eastern curlew.


Ken Gosbell shared insights from a decade of turnstone geolocator studies.


Birgita Hansen provided new information about staging sites for Latham’s Snipe in Papua New Guinea.


Marcel Klaassen discussed the challenges of undertaking survival analyses on 40 years of banding data.


And Danny Rogers highlighted the importance of Melbourne’s Western Treatment Plant for shorebirds.


October 29, 2020

Record-breaking Bar-tailed Godwit flight – 3MDR radio interview

Thursday 29th October at 18.00 hrs Melbourne time, Graham Beal will be talking to Adrian Riegen about the recent amazing record-breaking Bar-tailed Godwit flight on radio 3 mdr, 97.1fm and streaming,

October 24, 2020

Original Nicholas Day prints for sale

Penny Johns has two Nicolas Day original framed watercolours of Robins, a Pink Robin and a Red-capped Robin. She is offering them to VWSG members for sale. The asking price is $150.00 each. All proceeds will go to the VWSG.

Please contact Penny directly if you are interested.

September 15, 2020

#LegflagChallenge photo competition

The #LegflagChallenge Photo Contest aims to encourage reporting of sightings of waterbirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway that carry leg flags, tags and other types of attachments. The competition runs until November 15. Find out more at

Double-banded Pover near Coolart Wetlands, Somers beach, Victoria. Photo courtesty of Nick Bradsworth

September 15, 2020

#ISTC20 International Shorebird Twitter Conference

The program for the International Shorebird Twitter Conference is now online at There’s a great list of keynote speakers including our very own Amanda Lilleyman.

The VWSG twitter presention on Wednesday 7th October between 10:30 and 10:40pm AEST DST (actual scheduled time is Thursday 8th October @ 9:30am UTC time).

August 24, 2020

#ISTC20 Twitter conference 7-8 October 2020

The VWSG is continuing its foray into the world of social media by presenting at the first International Shorebird Twitter Conference. The date and time for the VWSG tweets will be confirmed soon, so keep an eye on the website for an update.

August 20, 2020

AGL development proposal in the Western Port Ramsar site

The proposal by AGL to build a floating gas platform at Crib Point, south-east of Hastings in Western Port, has long angered the community of the Mornington Peninsula. This platform is planned to be built within the Ramsar site and is seen to present an unacceptable environmental risk.  Mornington Peninsula Council has voted against this proposal. Of course, this does not mean the end of this project, however, this is an important step toward helping protect wader habitat in Western Port bay.

You can read more here:

The VWSG will be making a submission in relation to the Environmental Effects Statement for the proposal.

July 27, 2020

#SCBMelb20 Twitter conference 30-31 July

The Society for Conservation Biology Greater Melbourne Chapter is holding their inaugural Twitter 2020 conference on July 30th and 31st. The VWSG, via our Twitter account @VWSG_web, will be presenting an overview of some key VWSG projects as part of the conference.

The VWSG presentation will be between 15:00 and 15:10 on Thursday 30th July.

If you do not have a Twitter account there are a number of ways to follow the conference tweets. The easiest is to sign up for free account. That way you can interact with the conference presenters. If not, you can only view tweets using the hashtag #SCBMelb20, or if you only want to view the VWSG presentation, use @VWSG_web. The conference organisers are trialling some software that allows non-Twitter users to interact with the conference. Keep an eye on the conference webpage for more details. We will try to post something here too before Thursday.

You can find out more about the conference and Twitter format at