Scientists call on residents to become ibis watchers

RESIDENTS across New South Wales are being asked to become "citizen scientists" this Sunday by taking part in the annual white ibis census.

Conducted each year by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the survey aims to better understand where white ibis live and help determine management practices.

Dr John Martin said many people criticised the ibis as scavengers.

But he said it was important to look at why they lived in urban areas and what this meant for their survival and management.

"Ibis are native to Australia but they have increased in numbers along the coast in response to drought and changes to the inland wetlands," he said.

"Participation by members of the community is so important; if ibis have colonised your local park or wetland please let us know."

On Sunday people are asked to count ibis, record if they have bands on their legs or tags on their wings and then tell NPWS where and when they were spotted. 

Click here for more information and to take part.



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