Flooding and water for the environment led to vast numbers of waterbirds including large nesting colonies of Pelicans, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill and Egrets breeding at wetlands throughout the northern and central Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) from late 2021 to mid-2023.

View a summary of waterbird breeding monitoring 2021 - 2023 and its importance:

View a short video about the breeding events:

On Wednesday 7 June 2023, the University of NSW Sydney’s Centre for Ecosystem Science (UNSW-CES), the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) presented a free 45-minute public webinar about the monitoring of the breeding event.

The webinar includes information on how the birds are studied and how the real-time monitoring data provides the CEWH and NSW Environmental Water Managers with essential information for water flow management decision-making during breeding events, to ensure the chicks have every chance of survival, as well as ongoing environmental management.

View the webinar:

Webinar agenda:

  • Introduction, Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, Dr Simon Banks
  • Introduction, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Dr Joanne Lenehan
  • About the breeding event, real-time monitoring and overall results, Dr Kate Brandis
  • Q&A

Who should view the webinar:

Any member of the general public with an interest in the environment of the northern and central MBD, waterbird breeding and monitoring and/or how water for the environment is used.

Learn more about the monitoring: