Bitterns in Rice

CICL supports the Bitterns in Rice Project which is a joint effort between agriculture and biodiversity, helping this strange waterbird prosper in the Riverina. One of Australia’s most endangered birds, the Australasian Bittern, otherwise known as “the Bunyip bird”, is rarely seen and is a globally threatened species.  The Bittern can be found breeding in the rice crops in Coleambally. CICL has been working with the Bitterns in Rice team to monitor bittern breeding in our area and to help develop recommendations for bittern-friendly rice farming.

As one of the donors for this important project, the first Bittern to be tracked by satellites as part of the Bitterns in Rice project was named after our employee, Mark Robb. You can read about Robbie’s adventures and find out more about the remarkable story of the Bittern by visiting