Advances in large-scale mudflat surveying: The Roebuck Bay and Eighty Mile Beach, Western Australia examples

Robert J. Hickey*, Grant B. Pearson, Theunis Piersma

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The shores of Roebuck Bay and Eighty Mile Beach in northwestern Australia are amongst the richest known intertidal mudflats worldwide. They are both listed as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, primarily because of the high numbers of shorebirds that migrate to and from these sites every year. There are only a dozen or so areas in the world with extensive intertidal flats rich in shorebirds.

Shorebird studies by a collaboration between The Department of Environment and Conservation, The University of Western Australia, The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Central Washington University, Broome Bird Observatory, and local community volunteers in northwestern Australia have focused on understanding the geological and biological processes of coastal tidal mudflats. Studies have established that invertebrates are abundant and they are used for feeding by resident and migratory shorebirds.

In addition to requiring equipment, software, and considerable organization, these labor intensive studies were only possible with the assistance of large numbers of community volunteers, professionals, and donated equipment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Management and Governance
EditorsCharles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameCoastal Research Library
PublisherSpringer International Publishing

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