Mr Whitfield says the surveys will ask people questions such as how many fish they've caught or magpie goose
eggs they've collected.
It's the magpie goose
- and six of the ancient birds are among a batch of new arrivals at Washington Wildfowl and Wetland Centre.
Boggy Plain is an important freshwater wetland that serves as habitat for species including the magpie goose
(historically, up to 85% of the total Northern Territory's magpie geese have gathered there to feed at times) and the long-necked turtle.
While the exotic birds, including Bleeding-heart doves, Magpie Gooses
, and Sudan Golden Sparrows, all survived by huddling next to the heat vents near the roof of the building, the Zoo has been concerned the birds wouldn't roost this season due to the lack foliage.