It was a great day out on the Wonnerup estuary to finish off the 2016 Vasse Wonnerup wetlands water quality sampling. For the past two years, officers from the Department of Water and GeoCatch have been undertaking fortnightly sampling on the wetlands, rain, hail or shine.
“It was certainly a great day to finish off the year with the sun shining and the wind at our back” said Kath Lynch, Project Manager for the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program.
The bird life was spectacular with a flock of over 400 black swans with cygnets, flocks of Australian shelducks and the first arrivals of the black-winged stilts.
“We really are incredibly lucky to have this amazing natural resource at our doorstep” said Kath. We so often hear about the problems with the wetlands that we forget how important they are to providing critical habitat to thousands of waterbirds.
“Days like these are a great reminder of why the work we do in the Revitalising Geographe Waterways project is so worthwhile” said Kath. “The Vasse Wonnerup wetlands are an amazing asset, worthy of our help”.
The water quality data gained from the fortnightly sampling will be used to develop a hydrodynamic model for the Vasse estuary to assist long-term management of the wetlands.
The Vasse Wonnerup wetlands were recognised as a wetlands of International importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1990.
Regular bird surveys have recorded over 37 000 waterbirds using the wetlands on a single day. The Vasse Wonnerup wetlands support more than one percent of the population of Australian shelduck, Australasian shoveler, red-necked avocet and black-winged stilt.