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August 2015

Tell us about your house sparrows!

Do you have house sparrows where you live now? Or do you remember them where you lived as a child? Please take 5 minutes to tell the SparrowNet team about your birds and help us build a picture of the changes in house sparrow distributions across Australia. Please share the link with your friends and family.

Click here to take the survey: SparrowNet sightings survey


March 2015

Team SparrowNet has returned from the last leg of our grand tour of Australia surveying and sampling house sparrows. This massive trip took three researchers from the centre at Alice Springs, south towards Adelaide and looped back up to Sydney via the southern coastline of Victoria – a huge effort and successful trip! Read all about this exciting final trip in our latest report, and stay tuned for the next leg of SparrowNet research involving nest boxes around the country.


August 2014

The Queensland leg of the SparrowNet research tour is now complete. It was another highly successful and busy four weeks driving from Sydney (NSW) through regional Queensland and ending in Tennant Creek (NT), visiting towns along the way to survey and sample house sparrows. Read all about our trip in the latest report:

Report #4 – QLD & NT August 2014

Monica Awasthy, Samuel Andrew and Ann Feit in a backyard near Toowoomba, QLDDuring this trip, we also did a regional media tour. We were featured in the Macquarie University news, and articles on our research appeared in the local newspapers of almost all of the towns we visited:

  • Armidale NSW: Armidale Express Extra  “Sparrows are in the climate spotlight” Aug 6, 2014 (PDF)
  • Toowoomba QLD: The Chronicle  “The great house sparrow hunt of 2014” Aug 6, 2014  (PDF)
  • Pittsworth QLD:  coming soon! (PDF)
  • Longreach QLD: The Longreach Leader  “Scientists on the way to Longreach to see how sparrows respond to climate change” Aug 8, 2014  (PDF)
  • Mount Isa QLD: The North West Star  “Scientific look at life of house sparrow” Aug 18, 2014  (PDF)


June 2014

The SparrowNet team from Macquarie University has completed two more exciting research trips, this time around Victoria and coastal northern Queensland. You can read about both trips by clicking on these links:

Report #2 – VIC May 2014 and Report #3 – NQLD June 2014.

Townsville Bulletin June 28, 2014

We recently caught up with the Townsville Bulletin while catching birds in the backyards of some residents in the suburb of Currajong. Check out the excellent news piece “Sparrows’ saving graces” June 28, 2014 (PDF).

We’re also looking forward to our next big adventure in August – a sampling trip around inland and northern Queensland, starting in Sydney and ending in Tennant Creek (Northern Territory). We’ll be sure to post another field report when we return.




May 2014

SparrowNet has officially been launched! 

The SparrowNet team from Macquarie University has also just returned from a successful research trip around NSW. The aim of this stage of the project was twofold: to collect blood samples from birds from different populations across their range in NSW and to gain a basic understanding on the numbers of birds present in each place. You can read all about it in our first newsletter:

In the coming months we’ll be doing trips around Victoria and Queensland, so stay tuned for updates as we complete the research trips!