Australasian Seabird Research

Australasian Seabird Research Network

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In an effort to encourage cohesion amongst seabird researchers in Australasia, the Australasian Seabird Group and Ornithological Society of New Zealand are working to put together an interactive research map.

We live in the “seabird capital of the world”, where more species congregate to breed than anywhere else.  Although experiencing this diversity makes us lucky as seabird researchers, it also means we have a great responsibility.  Seabirds face many challenges in our changing world, from fisheries by-catch at sea to non-native predators on their breeding grounds.  What better way to confront these issues and come up with solutions, than to work together?

We recognize that it’s difficult to keep in touch and joining multiple groups or receiving multiple emails can be cumbersome.  However, having a network of researchers is an essential resource – whether you’re a student looking for project inspiration, a non-profit looking for volunteers, or a researcher looking for meta-data.  So, we’re using a new online application called “thundermaps” (thundermaps.com) as an easy way to display your research and view other research or community projects in Australasia.  Thundermaps allows you to pin your research on a map, adding as much or as little detail as you like (study species, project, name, email etc), and view other research projects “pinned” on the map.

No matter if you’re a new student, a community group, or a seabird guru, we’d love to hear about your research.  For those less technologically inclined, we’ve tried to make it easy by walking you through step by step below.  For those more technologically inclined please keep in touch an give us feedback on twitter @Aus_NZ_seabirds or on facebook at the Australasian Seabird Group homepage.  If you take part in #seabirdersaturday, please spread the word about the Australasian seabird map!

If you have any questions, let us know: r.buxton@mun.ca, Nicholas.Carlile@environment.nws.gov.au, barry.baker@latitude42.com.au

How to pin your research on the Australasian Seabird Research Map:

Step 1) Head to learn.thundermaps.com/ (here) and click on “public signup”

Step 2) Click on “public library” on the left dashboard

Step 3) In the search bar, type in “Australasian Seabird Research Network”, hit enter, then click “make a report”

Step 4) Drag the red pin to your research location then hit “next”

Step 5) Pick your study species from the pull down menu (not there? Tell us about it in the “Details” section)

Step 6) In the “Details” section, tell us more about you and your project, then hit “next step”.

Here’s a sample report for some inspiration:

(Affiliation) I am a PhD/MSc/honors student at X university, under the supervision of A, B, and C.  I am originally from Z, but moved to New Zealand D years ago to pursue my passion for restoration and seabird ecology.

(Brief summary of your study) Our study looks at the recovery of burrow-nesting seabirds in the Hauraki Gulf after the eradication of invasive rats.

(Study sites if > 1) Our study sites include Korapuki, Kawhitu, Ohinau, and Ruamaahuanui

(Study species if not included on the pull down menu) We are examining populations of flesh-footed shearwater, little shearwater, fluttering shearwater, sooty shearwater, Pycroft’s petrel, grey-faced petrel, and diving petrel.

(Methods, techniques, and specialities) We employ methods such as burrow scoping, mark-recapture, arcGIS, Bayesian hierarchical modeling, and social attraction

(Contact information, if desired) For more information, feel free to contact me jsmith@university.co.nz