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Flow-MER Fridays – Webinar
Spatial and temporal scales of waterbird movements and habitat use

Presenter: Dr Heather McGinness, Senior Research Scientist – CSIRO
When: Friday, 7th August 2020, 10:30am-11:30am AEST

In our first webinar, CSIRO’s Heather McGinness presents plans and progress for a research project, that is part of the Basin Diversity Theme.


Webinar Topic: Spatial and temporal scales of waterbird movements and habitat use

This research project is tracking the movements of waterbirds using satellite transmitters. The information being gathered is improving our understanding of:

  • how waterbirds move across the MDB and beyond, in response to e-water or flooding.
  • which habitats they are choosing.
  • how connected our waterbird populations are and the implications for environmental water management to prevent further population declines.

Register For The Webinar Here

About Heather

Dr Heather McGinness is an ecologist who has been studying Australia’s beautiful inland floodplains and wetlands for 20 years. She is a Senior Research Scientist at the CSIRO, where she has worked for 15 years. Heather is fascinated by the plants, birds and other animals that depend on wetlands and her research is helping to inform how our management of water can better support their needs. Heather is particularly interested in waterbirds and since 2016 she and her colleagues have been using GPS satellite transmitters to track the movements of waterbirds in and around the Murray-Darling Basin, which has been eye-opening. Heather leads the CEWO Flow Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Program’s ‘Diversity Theme’.

The Flow-MER program team acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners as the First Peoples of the lands and waters of the Murray Darling Basin. We recognise their unique ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices. We are committed to genuinely partner, and meaningfully engage, with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities to support the protection of Country, the maintenance of spiritual and cultural practices and their broader aspirations in the 21st century and beyond. In particular we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the seven Selected Areas where Flow-MER research is focussed.

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