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Professor Darryl Jones from the Griffith School of the Environment is conducting a pioneering study on the impact of birdbaths on backyard wildlife. He has invited the community to contribute information and observations to a study expanding from his department's ongoing research on backyard wildlife feeding.
'Virtually nothing is known about the use of birdbaths – or any other regular source of backyard water,' Professor Jones said in the Winter 2008 issue of Wildlife Australia Magazine.
Everyone is invited to submit details of observations of their backyard birdbath, whether it is in the suburbs, regions, rural area or inner city balcony.
Professor Jones says that rural and city species are being affected by the diminishing natural water supply. The changing climate has highlighted the importance of a regular water supply to local species and species driven into suburbia by rural drought.
'The humble birdbath … may be of critical importance to urban species already stressed by the declining quality of their normally unchanging urban ecosystem,' said Professor Jones.
Members of the community were invited to participate in the study in an article by Professor Jones entitled 'Bring back the birdbath – and tell us about it' in the Winter 2008 Wildlife Australia Magazine vol 45/2. Wildlife Australia Magazine is published 4 times a year by Wildlife Queensland.
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Read Professor Jones’ recent birdbath article in Wildlife Australia Magazine
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