A key part of the recovery team and BIEN’s role in helping the 40-spot survive and thrive is monitoring.
An example of the benefits of monitoring is at Inala, where Tonia and her crew watch closely what is going on in breeding season, and if potential nests become limiting to the colony, they put up new nest boxes. these are usually quickly colonised, thus expanding the colony.
The recovery team is identifying sites that should be monitored, but anywhere that nest-boxes have been erected should be monitored for 40-spot activity.
Typically, sites with the oldest or most white gums will already have nest boxes and are critical for monitoring. Sites must be 200m apart.
- Collect observations on the ‘Birdata App’ downloaded on your mobile phone. Search in the AppStore or GooglePlay or follow the link above on your mobile phone.
- You will need to register. This is free and the username and password will be sent out personally to you. (contact here to access username and password)
- Standard protocol is 5 mins but 10 mins or longer is fine.
- Use ‘Incidental Search’ survey method and set the time limit.
- Ideally monitor at least 4 times per year but whenever and as often as you like is good. It is particularly rewarding to monitor during nesting and fledging (August – December), as you will see the birds servicing their partner, then the chicks, and eventually, the young fledglings emerging and starting to explore their surrounds.
The data is uploaded to BirdLife Australia and you retain a record on your phone. The recovery team will analyse the data and results will be mounted on BIEN website.
The App is free, annual membership of BirdLife Australia is~ $70 tax deductible.