Meet our Website Team

Here, we introduce the volunteer team responsible for the eBird Australia stories and content that you see on our home page at http://ebird.org/australia. Our vision for eBird Australia is to provide interesting and timely news for eBirders in Australia that is dedicated to encouraging engagement and participation in all things involving Australian birds. We aim for this content to appear regularly, to be frequently updated, and to enhance content provided by the global eBird enterprise.

Our guiding principles are that the content will:sootyoyster

  1. Reflect things that birders in Australia care about
  2. Represent a balance of interesting and useful subjects including: People, Birds, Data, Science, Functionality
  3. Be topical
  4. Be inspiring and engaging

You can help us make this Data Portal work better for you by letting us know when you thought a story was particularly helpful or entertaining, or by contacting us if you believe there is content that we are missing that would be of benefit to the birding community. Our contact address is provided on our home page.

Learn a bit about our industrious and creative eBird Australia:



The eBird Australia Steering Committee:

MargaretMargaret and Richard Alcorn have always been passionate about nature conservation. They have a bush block in the Victorian Box-Ironbark woodlands, “Birremathool,” where they consistently record 50-60 species of bush birds on each visit, a figure that always amazes them. They enjoy birding quietly by themselves and discovering new birding spots. They surveyed the Natimuk-Douglas salt lakes for ten years in the 1990s and discovered that a fair proportion of the Banded Stilt population visit these lakes each Spring.
Professionally, they are computer programmers. With the Internet exploding into mainstream society around the turn Richardof the century, they wrote Eremaea Birds to test the concept of combining an on-line global birding atlas with a personal birding records system. The web site became very popular in Australia, and the concept was proven successful. They enriched the birding community in Australia and globally, and they do everything they can to ensure that this community continues to thrive through eBird Australia.
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Mat GilfedderMat Gilfedder is a keen birdwatcher and photographer who works as a research scientist with the CSIRO. He has worked to improve eBird in Australia for several years. Mat enjoys birding with his young family, and his favourite bird is the Rufous-crowned Emuwren, despite it being painful to photograph among the rocky ridges around Alice Springs.
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Hugh PossinghamHugh Possingham is a Professor of Mathematics and Conservation at The University of Queensland where he directs two national research centres focussed on ecological modelling, environmental decision-making and biodiversity policy. His favourite bird is the Black-chinned Honeyeater and his favourite birding spot is Oxley Creek Common in the suburbs of Brisbane. Hugh will be The Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy from 2016, so expect to see his global bird list grow faster. See Hugh’s eBird Profile.
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The eBird Australia Editorial Team:

Richard FullerRichard Fuller (Editor) is a conservation scientist based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He studies how people have affected the natural world around them, and how some of their destructive effects can best be reversed. On the flip side, he is also keen to understand whether and how people can benefit positively from experiences of biodiversity, including the birds in towns and cities around where people live. Current projects in Richard’s lab also include bird surveys and distribution modelling in the arid zone of South Australia, understanding and reversing the declines of migratory shorebirds using the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, and climate change impacts in Antarctica. Ever since he saw his first Yellowhammer on his local patch in South London he has been a fanatical birder, and now covers Minnippi Parklands when he gets a chance to leave the desk!
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Nancy Auerbach (Managing Editor) is a conservation scientist smitten with the captivating birds of Australia. She is especially fascinated with social birds including Babblers, Apostlebirds, Choughs, and Fairy-wrens, and enjoys the glorious parrots and other birds that live in her community near The Royal National Park in New South Wales. Nancy is interested in revegetation efforts that restore habitat for local and migratory birds.
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AyeshaAyesha Tulloch (past Managing Editor) is a conservation ecologist  who specialised in mammals until she saw the light after working with Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, who quickly became her favourite birds due to their intelligence and unique personalities. Her research has taken her from studying bird observers with the University of Queensland to research on bird conservation with the Australian National University. She focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of monitoring and management of wildlife in Australia and overseas, and she is interested in how we can better use citizen science programs like eBird and bird atlases, supported by thousands of dedicated volunteers, to inform conservation efforts.
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Megan Barnes (Content Editor) is a conservation biologist whose research is focused on evidence-based decision making under uncertainty in wildlife management and conservation policy, especially for improving monitoring and evaluation in protected areas. Insufficient information to support decisions, and her interest in birds also led her to become interested in using citizen data to predict wildlife outcomes. Using databases such as eBird, she works on developing and improving analytical tools for using citizen data to predict wildlife outcomes. Amongst the Australian birds, the Babblers (all of them) and the Apostlebirds are some of her favourite birds, since they have such great personalities, and the extremely adorable Owlet Nightjar!
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ChrisChris Watson works in a private ecological consultancy on a diverse range of sites across the whole of inland Australia. His interests don’t stop at birds and he chases snails, spiders, frogs, and snakes with equal passion.
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Kath ShurcliffKath Shurcliff is a bit of a nomadic birder, having lived and worked in many outback parts of Australia and tropical countries overseas. But she now considers Far North Queensland her home, where she spends much of her time wandering over Cape York and the “blank squares” of any birding atlas. She also spends time encouraging others to discover both the value and the joys of birding and to share their information and knowledge with others.
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Stork_SandraSandra Gallienne adds years of bird survey expertise and a passion for all things birdy to the committee.
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joshbergmarkJoshua Bergmark is our young birders’ committee representative, based in Sydney completing his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of NSW. He regularly birds in the western Sydney region to Pitt Town and Richmond, where he can get about 90 species on a good day. His travels have taken him to Borneo and Macquarie Island as well as covering most of Australia. His favourite bird is the Eastern Ground Parrot: “They’re a perfect combination of elusiveness, rarity and, beauty – when you finally get one sitting on a bush a few metres in front of you in the sunlight one morning, it’s marvellous.”
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eBird Australia Regular Contributors:

RussellYongRussell’ Yong is an early-career taxonomist with a penchant for accruing lists, guides and other resources for various organisms. His interests are broad and range across the entire spectrum of animal life, which generally means bird walks are twice as interesting, but take twice as long. Russell’ doesn’t have favourite birds; he believes they are all part of the rich tapestry of existence, each as good and lovely as the other. If he really had to pick though, they would be the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, the Marvellous Spatuletail, and the Slaty-backed Thornbill (Russell’ has only seen one of these).
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ZoeS pic_edited v2 cropZoë Stone is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland studying habitat dynamics of the northern population of the Eastern Bristlebird. Coming from New Zealand, she has a soft spot for rare and unusual birds, having studied Kakapo habitat selection for her MSc. Usually working as more of a botanist for threatened bird conservation, she is mostly interested in their surroundings, and how we can assist conservation of threatened birds by improving our understanding of their habitat use and requirements. During a bushwalk she is more likely to be seen with her head to the ground searching for inconspicuous flowers, but always enjoys the chatty company of a Fantail following her through the undergrowth.
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Corey Callaghan is a transplant from the state of Florida in the USA, now working on his PhD at the University of New South Wales. His research revolves around the relationships between birds, people, and urban environments. Not only does he regularly contribute data to eBird, he also uses eBird data for a lot of his research into investigations of broad global patterns. Having birded throughout the USA and some of the tropics, he looks forward to adding Australasian birds to his list. His favorite bird is any shorebird species.
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