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Greater Brisbane Bush

Stone-curlew Survey
Ur ban
Bush St one- cur l ews
Are you able to spend a little time to help count curlews?
Depending on how many evening volunteers can contrib-
ute, I need between 10 and 30 people to work in groups
of three. Its interesting work and the first project of its
kind. If you can help out, please contact Scott OKeeffe of
the Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith
University, as shown below. Or fill in your details, clip and
return. Your help is needed, and appreciated.
This survey is part of a PhD research
project at the Environmental Futures
Research Institute at Griffith University.
A research project on Bush Stone-
curlews in greater Brisbanes urban
areas is underway. As part of this
project, we will count curlews in
greater Brisbane, producing the
first snapshot of an urban curlew
population. If youre interested in
curlews, we need your help!
* Can they survive?
* What habitats do they prefer?
* Are they increasing?
*Can better urban design benefit Bush
Stone-curlews?
How Can You
Get I nvol ved?
A f ew eveni ngs. .
Counting curlews using the broadcast technique is
easy. You just need a driver's license, reasonable
hearing and have ten evenings free for counting cur-
lews. I will provide equipment and some basic train-
ing.
There will be briefing sessions to answer your ques-
tions. We will visit the count sites in daylight to plan
travel routes and make sure the locations are suitable.
When?
The counting will be carried out between May and July
2015. The project aims include 900 count points, and
this requires a lot of planning, which is my job. But I
need to know how many people will participate so that
I can allocate volunteers to small work groups (3
people).
Everyone that participates needs to set aside a mini-
mum of five evenings (ten is better) to participate in
the count. Curlews call strongly in the early evening
and just before dawn. To avoid disturbing people, we
will carry out broadcast surveys between 5:30 and
8:00 PM. Counting will be done right through the
week. If you are free on evenings from Monday to
Friday, I really need to hear from you since it will be
more difficult to find people who can count during the
work week.
Who el se i s i nvol ved?
To count over the entire greater Brisbane area, I need
between 10 and 30 volunteers, working in groups of
three. Some staff and students from Griffith University
will also participate.
Your Name: ________________________________
Email: ____________________________________
Phone: ___________________________________
Preferred method of contact: ________________
What evenings in the week would you be available
to volunteer? (Circle) S M T W T h F S
In which sections of greater Brisbane could you
work? (Circle) Neast Nwest Seast Swest

Return to:
Scott OKeeffe
8 Lennon Lane
North Ipswich Q 4305

michael.okeeffe5@griffithuni.edu.au
Phone: 07 3389 5716
Mob: 0457328442
Scott OKeeffe
Environmental Futures
Research Institute
Griffith University
Nathan Queensland 4111
Email: michael.okeeffe5@griffithuni.edu.au
Environmental Futures Research Institute
Why Study
Bush Stone-curlews?
Bu s h S t o n e -
curlews have al-
most disappeared
from southern
parts of Australia.
Although they still
seem to be com-
mon in much of
tropical and sub-
tropical Australia,
we can't be certain
that their populations will remain
healthy. We have no idea whether the
birds we see in and around urban cen-
tres can survive in the long term. With-
out some very basic information about
the birds, it will be hard to make wise
conservation decisions.

Thi s i s a BI G pr oj ect
Rather than studying a small number of birds
in a limited area, I want to have an accurate
snapshot of curlew populations in greater
Brisbane. This will allow us to draw conclu-
sions and make predictions with greater confi-
dence. But collecting data requires lots of
time and effort; its not something I can do on
my own. I need the help of citizen scientists
to build up this snapshot of curlew popula-
tions.
The Cur l ew St udy
I will be monitoring curlew nests in
greater Brisbane to get a better under-
standing of how successful curlews are
at breeding. But the biggest task, and
the one I need most help with, is count-
ing curlews over the whole of greater
Brisbane.

Count i ng Cur l ews
In the city its not possible to use standard
counting techniques. But curlews are territo-
rial and respond strongly to broadcast calls.
Other studies have successfully counted cur-
lews by broadcasting calls and counting re-
sponses. This gives a 'count' and also locates
curlew populations so that they can be ob-
served more closely.
I will be using the sound broadcast technique
to count curlews for this project. I have estab-
lished broadcast points across greater Bris-
bane. Observers will visit these sites in the
early evening, and broadcast curlew calls for
short periods, counting the number of re-
sponses, and estimating the distance and
direction to the responding birds.
Ur ban Habi t at
When the locations of birds are known, I can
then look for patterns in the landscapes that
are most used by curlews. Combining this
with the information collected on breeding, it
should be possible to determine what land-
scapes curlews prefer, and how successful
they are at breeding. This will help answer
the question "are curlews holding their own in
the city?".
Phone: 07 3389 5716
Mob: 0457328442
Email michael.okeeffe5@griffithuni.edu.au
Environmental Futures Research Institute
Griffith University
G r i f f i t h U n i v e r s i t y
Scott OKeeffe