Effectiveness of the protected areas on the Mornington Peninsula for the common resident shorebird species using citizen science data [article]

Udani Abhisheka Wijewardhana, Denny Meyer, Madawa Jayawardana, Denny Meyer, Madawa Jayawardana, Pragalathan Apputurai
2021 bioRxiv   pre-print
In the absence of comprehensive survey data this study used citizen science bird counts, extracted from the Atlas of Living Australia, to assess which species benefit most from protected areas. This was done by fitting temporal models using the Integrated Laplace Approximation (INLA) method. The trends for five resident shorebird species were compared to the Australian Pied Oystercatcher, with significantly steeper upward trends identified for the Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-capped Dotterel and
more » ... Red-kneed Dotterel. Steeper upward trends were observed in protected than unprotected areas for the Black-fronted Dotterel, Masked Lapwing and Red-kneed Dotterel. This work suggests that, with some limitations, statistical models can be used with citizen science data for monitoring the persistence of resident shorebirds and for investigating factors that are impacting these data. The results for the Dotterel species in protected areas are particularly encouraging.
doi:10.1101/2021.09.28.462220 fatcat:zwwuetvbdzegllf6xg6jlxmuo4