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Locals urged to log on to new online survey

A NEW online survey has been launched to help unearth more information about one of the Mallee’s threatened species.

The White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) is a large, white bird of prey, with greyish wings, that is found along the Murray River, as well as nearby wetlands, creeks and lakes.

Relatively little is known about this threatened species, but it is hoped the online survey will help gather more information by recording sightings and collecting information on bird numbers, behavior and habitat.

The survey, along with a supporting White-bellied Sea-Eagle fact sheet and reference card, has been developed by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA). Funding for this project was provided by the Victorian Government.

“The reference card is laminated and small enough to fit into a tackle box or back pack, so anglers, campers and bushwalkers can take this information with them and know how to correctly identify a  White-bellied Sea-Eagle,” Mallee CMA chair Joan Burns said.

“We are really encouraging people who do see these birds to then access the online survey on our website to record the sighting.

“It is a quick and simple survey that could really make a difference in improving the knowledge we have about the White-bellied Sea-Eagle.”

The reference cards and fact sheets are available on the Mallee CMA website or from a number of outlets in Mildura, including the Visitor Information and Booking Centre, Ray’s Outdoors and Got One.

This information will also be available from the Mallee CMA stall at the Mildura Horticultural Field Days on May 25 and 26, 2010.

Click here to complete the White-bellied Sea-Eagle online survey.

For more information on the White-bellied Sea-Eagle, contact (03) 5051 4377.

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