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Waterbird breeding indicator - Narran Lakes

Review of science behind the waterbird breeding indicator for the Narran Lakes

The Narran Lakes waterbird research improves our understanding of how flooding in the Narran Lakes affects waterbird breeding events. This project was commissioned as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Northern Basin Review.

The study provides new information on the relationships between rainfall and flows in the Narran River and has assessed satellite imagery to better understand how often floods occur and what areas of the Lakes get inundated with different flow volumes. This information is then coupled with straw-necked ibis breeding data collected from 1971 to 2014 to identify conditions that trigger ibis breeding events. This in turn improves our understanding of the water needed to sustain the health of the Ramsar listed Narran Lakes and its waterbird populations.

This project was a collaboration between the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation and the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines.