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    10030: Bird survey of Faure Island wildlife sanctuary

    Birdlife Australia volunteers survey shorebirds on mangrove mudflats at Faure Island. Courtesy Bryony Palmer, Australian Wildlife Conservancy.
    Birdlife Australia volunteers survey shorebirds on mangrove mudflats at Faure Island. Courtesy Bryony Palmer, Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

    Faure Island is located in the eastern gulf of Shark Bay at Disappointment Reach, about 20 km east of Monkey Mia.

    The 5816-ha island is entirely surrounded by the Shark Bay Marine Park, which was entered on the World Heritage List in 1991.

    The island is a key breeding area for seabirds and shorebirds. It has a regionally major pied cormorant rookery and is a feral predator-free refuge for a number of fauna species. However, the island lacks a suite of sedentary-habitat bird species, probably due to a history of pastoralism and predation by feral cats.

    In collaboration with Birds Australia and with the help of State NRM Program funding, this project will include:

    • a census of the island shorebirds
    • a survey of pied cormorant rookeries
    • investigation of the suitability of habitats for reintroducing birdlife.
    Investment: $ 25 820
    Delivery organisation: Australian Wildlife Conservancy
    Project duration: July 2011 - July 2012
    Location: Faure Island, Shark Bay

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