<h2>Celebrating <strong>Beauty</strong> & Diversity</h2><h3>Superb Fairy-wren</h3> <h2><strong>Bringing Back</strong> Vanishing Species</h2><h3>Regent Honeyeater</h3> <h2><strong>Sharing,</strong> Exploring & Discovering</h2><h3>Discovering Shorebirds outing</h3> <h2><strong>Connecting</strong> with Nature's Wonders</h2><h3>Double-banded Plover</h3> <h2>Sharing Nature's Awesome <strong>Majesty</strong></h2><h3>Yellow-nosed Albatross</h3> <h2>Planting a <strong>future</strong> for threatened species</h2><h3>Capertee Valley tree planting</h3> <h2><strong>Reducing</strong> the Threat of Extinctions</h2><h3>Superb Parrot</h3>
January 12, 2020

Australia’s bushfire crisis – an update on our birds

Photo Banner: Laughing Kookaburra, Wallabi Point, NSW © Adam Stevenson

Dear Friend,

Our hearts reach out to everyone impacted by Australia’s ferocious and devastating bushfires. Some of the stories we’re hearing from BirdLife staff, volunteers and supporters are truly heartbreaking. And terrifying. We are thinking about you and your families.

 

I’d particularly like to thank all the volunteers who are at the frontline of this fire emergency; from firefighters working long hours in the hot ash and blood red skies, to people in the community who are stepping up to support each other. You are amazing.

 

Distressful events impact us physically, mentally and emotionally. If you or your loved ones have been affected by the bushfires, or you are feeling overwhelmed, I encourage you to seek help, using services such as Lifeline on 13 11 14.

 

As well as the terrible loss of life and property, experts estimate more than 500 million animals have been killed so far, including threatened species close to our hearts, such as Regent Honeyeaters, Eastern Bristlebirds and Glossy Black Cockatoos. Many of the surviving birds have lost breeding and feeding habitat and now face starvation.

 

The scale of the wildlife emergency is unprecedented, which is why we are stepping up to do our bit for Australia’s birds. BirdLife is already planning and coordinating a disaster response; we need to understand the impact on threatened birds and work with our partners to put emergency plans in place for now and the longer-term.

 

As soon as it is safe to do so, our own monitoring activities across the fire affected areas will recommence. Staff will be going out to check on the Northern Eastern Bristlebird population, which had at least three key areas of habitat hit by fires in south-east Queensland and northern NSW late last year. We also know fires have been through parts of the Capertee Valley and other known Regent Honeyeater breeding sites but we won’t know how bad it is until we can get out there. And these are just two of hundreds of bird species from across the country that have been impacted by catastrophic fires.

 

You can help BirdLife Australia lead the disaster recovery effort for threatened birds by donating to our appeal. Your support will help give threatened native birds a more hopeful start to the new year. Thank you.

 

To the many people who have contacted us to ask what else they can do to help, you can always make sure that fresh water is available to birds over the summer months. Another option is to get involved with your local BirdLife branch or group.

 

I remain hopeful that, if we all listen to the science and pull together, we can help bushfire-ravaged communities and birds bounce back.

 

With best wishes,

 

Paul Sullivan, CEO

 

 

December 1, 2019

The December 2019 newsletter and November Birding Bulletin # 150 are now online

November 19, 2019

Annual General Meeting: December 3, 2019

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of Birding NSW was held on Tuesday 3 December at 19:30 at Mitchell Theatre Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney,

You can read or download the draft minutes of the 2108 Annual General Meeting of Birding NSW here.

Financial reports can be viewed or downloaded from the FINANCIAL REPORTS page.

September 1, 2019

Winning images in the annual Photo Competition

Congratulations to all who entered and to the photographers who submitted these, the top ten images:

Some information on each photo is available if you click on ‘i’ once the photo is selected and displayed.

 

 

August 25, 2019

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Photo by Colette Livermore

June 25, 2019

REPORT OF 15TH BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL

Report of 15th BIRD SURVEY around GRENFELL in the SOUTH WEST SLOPES KEY Biodiversity Area

 

Elisabeth Karplus

On Saturday March 23rd, 32 surveyors took part in the 15th survey around Grenfell in the South West Slopes Key Biodiversity Area (KBA). The survey group included four surveyors from Grenfell. One surveyor came from Forbes, six from Canberra while the rest came from Sydney and surrounds. Eight people were new to the survey. We were able to have seven survey groups with most groups surveying on four sites. Other survey leaders apart from myself were Allan Richards, Jill Molan, Ron Broomham, Graham Fry, David Winterbottom and Russell Beardmore.  I thank all the survey leaders.

During the survey 11 Superb Parrots were seen on five sites including on “Rosemont”, which is owned by Mikla Lewis, one of the Grenfell surveyors. However 70 additional Superb Parrots were seen during the weekend with a maximum flock size of 29 birds. A single Diamond Firetail was seen on one site in Warraderry State Forest. Of other threatened species, one Brown Treecreeper, six Hooded Robins (three sites) and four Speckled Warbler (three sites) were seen on survey sites. Several interesting species were seen in Warraderry State Forest including two Southern Whitefaces, Varied Sittellas, a Striped Honeyeater and Double-barred Finches. Another unexpected sighting was of a Peregrine Falcon. Seven species of honeyeaters were seen including a single White-fronted Honeyeater, which is more common further inland.

 

Red-capped Robin

Red-capped Robin                                                                                                              Photographer: Colette Livermore

Overall 25 Red-capped Robins were seen on eight different sites.  The maximum number of species seen on any site was 14 species (two sites). The maximum number of birds in any site was 84 (49 of these were Apostlebirds or White-winged Choughs) though most sites had many fewer birds.

Grey-crowned Babbler with nest material.                                                                                             Photographer: Dianne Deans

 

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