Dear Survey Volunteers,
Thank you to the volunteers for your assistance undertaking the wetland and waterfowl surveys in 2016. The information gathered by volunteers has enabled us to collect valuable information on the abundance of waterfowl and the conditions of wetlands in South Australia contributing to the Assessment of Waterfowl Abundance and Wetland Condition in south-eastern South Australia (2016). The 2016 report is available at: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/files/sharedassets/public/plants_and_animals/waterfowl-and-wetland-assessment-2016-rep.pdf. This information was a key element in providing evidence to support the management of waterfowls in South Australia and continues to build our knowledge of wetlands and their condition in our state.
I am writing because we would like to extend an invitation to you as a volunteer to assist us in undertaking the Annual wetlands and waterfowl surveys in your region. The survey will be undertaken in the week either side of Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2017, depending on the conditions and your availability. The sites that are available for the surveys are the same as last year's surveys (see attached lists).
These sites are part of an on-going monitoring programme so we encourage you to visit them in preference to other sites that you may know about. DEWNR are seeking to augment the number of wetlands surveyed as a part of the core sites so would welcome any suggestions you may have.
Once I have compiled your responses in regard to the selection of wetlands, a copy of the data sheet to record your observations for that wetland will be sent to you directly.
Please let me know by Friday 6 October 2017 which survey sites you have chosen to visit and whether you would prefer :
- a pdf to print yourself,
- a hard copy for you to record your information and post to us or,
- a word document to add information to and return electronically.
To ensure participants are covered by the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resource’s insurance policy, everyone must be a registered DEWNR volunteer. For those of you not already registered as a DEWNR volunteer, please complete the attached Forms (Form 4: Volunteer Registration and Form 3: Volunteer Medical Management Form) and return to me via E-mail: Suresh.Kumar@sa.gov.au or download the forms from the following links:
Form 3 – Volunteer Medical Management : http://apps.ishare.env.sa.gov.au/sites/forms/SiteAssets/VSF%20Forms/Form-3-Vol-Medical-Mgmt.pdf
Form 4 – Volunteer Registration : http://apps.ishare.env.sa.gov.au/sites/forms/SiteAssets/VSF%20Forms/Form-4-Vol-Registration.pdf
DEWNR values your assistance and input into this year’s survey and we look forward to hearing from you in the coming weeks. Please feel free to email Suresh.Kumar@sa.gov.au or telephone (08) 82077709, if you have any questions, always happy to assist.
Dr. Suresh Kumar B.Sc, M.Biotech, PhD
Acting Senior Policy Officer, Wetlands
Conservation, Sustainability and Wildlife Management Unit
Conservation, NRM & Protected Area Policy | Parks and Regions
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
P (08) 8207 7709