Lori Gould ‘Latham Snipe along the flyway’

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Thursday, 28 July 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Lori Gould
Lori Gould

Lori, Principal of GrassRoots Environmental, will describe the surveys and research into the Latham Snipes movement and migration between Australia and Japan.


Latham's snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) is a medium-sized, long-billed, migratory snipe of the East Asian–Australasian Flyway. The Latham’s Snipe project began in south-west Victoria in 2014 with a series of local surveys aimed at understanding habitat use in urban areas. The program expanded in subsequent years to include other regions across eastern Australia, and the initiation of a capture-based program at Jerrabomberra Wetlands and in Japan. The capture-based program involved attaching satellite, geolocator and radio tracking devices to Snipe in order to obtain movement and migration information, as well as the identification of important habitat. Currently, there are two key research objectives that guide the Latham’s Snipe Project (1) to monitor changes in abundance and distribution in Australia, and (2) to improve our knowledge about movements patterns of Latham’s Snipe at local and global scales. This information feeds into our understanding of migratory birds more broadly.


Lori Gould has more than 25 years’ experience in environmental management and runs an environmental consulting business – GrassRoots Environmental specialising in natural resource management, particularly riparian rehabilitation, landscape planning and community engagement. Lori holds a Master’s Degree in Integrated Water Management, a Post Graduate Certificate in River Restoration and Management, an Environmental Science Degree and Associate Diploma in Animal Science. Lori is also a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust. Lori started a PhD on Migratory Bird Ecology in March 2021 focussing on Latham’s Snipe at Jerrabomberra Wetlands after being involved with research on Snipe over the past 5 years.

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