Kate Brandis

Pelican breeding colony at Narran Lakes

A research team at UNSW Sydney has been monitoring water bird breeding events in real time for the last four months.

Waterbirds at the Gayini Wetlands

With long-term monitoring of breeding events, UNSW researchers also identify trends and changes in the health of wetlands and rivers.


Scientists have developed a revolutionary way to determine if animals are being illegally trafficked.


Calling all citizen scientists! Get involved with ANSTO and UNSW's Feathermap of Australia project, collect feathers from waterbird habitats, send them in for for analysis and help protect Australia's wetlands.


Photographer Nick Cubbin has captured the often-overlooked beauty of waterbird feathers for a project that aims to plot the movements of Australia’s wetland birds.


Knowing the movements of waterbirds helps identify wetlands that are important habitats. But traditional tracking methods have had limited success and can be expensive, so we've developed a more effective way, writes Kate Brandis.


Australians are being asked to collect wetland bird feathers to help scientists create the first ‘Feather Map of Australia’ to show the health of our wetland birds.