Welcome to the Victorian Wader Study Group (VWSG) web site.
- was formally constituted in 1978, however fieldwork actually began in 1975,
- has as it's primary objective to conduct a long-term comprehensive study of waders and terns throughout Victoria and south-east South Australia,
- is a non-profit organisation and is made up of around 140 volunteers,
- monitors both migrant and resident species.
Research objectives include:
- Population monitoring (by counting and catching)
- Determination of migration routes, stopover locations and destinations
- Biometrics of species and subpopulations
- Weight changes associated with migration
- Primary moult duration and mode
- Survival rates
- Reproductive rates
- Behavioural differences between adult and immature birds
- Determination of age when species first breed
Find all the available VWSG publications here.
For those interested, the photo gallery can be found here.
Follow the Gulf St Vincent Grey Plovers here.
A compilation of tales about Clive Minton and his enormous contribution to wader study, both here and overseas, has been produced in an online book titled "The Father of Wader Studies - Tales of C.D.T.Minton" and it is available here.