Wader monitoring

Wader monitoring is typically undertaken by counting or surveying populations (observation-based studies) and catching and tagging of birds (capture-based studies). The focus for VWSG activities has always been on capture-based monitoring, although many members also contribute to observation-based monitoring through programs like Shorebirds 2020.

Catching waders

The VWSG mostly uses a technique called cannon-netting to catch waders for various scientific research projects (approved by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme – ABBBS). It also uses a technique called mist-netting for species such as Latham’s Snipe.