April 7, 2017
Members are invited to submit photographs they have taken and wish to have displayed on the club website or to have published in the newsletter. All photographs must be the work of the submitting member (for copyright reasons) and should be 640Kb minimum size (so that they may appear in reasonable resolution) . Photographs can be submitted by email at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com
When submitting a photograph – or two – please indicate whether you would like to have it displayed on the website or in the newsletter.
February 24, 2017
SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 2 May at 19:30 (just before we commence the normal club meeting).
The office of NSW Fair Trading has revised its standard constitution (called the ‘model’ constitution) for small clubs and associations like ours. Birding NSW has long used the previous ‘model’ constitution and has made a few small changes to the revised model constitution in order to reflect our history and aims.
The revised constitution can be viewed / downloaded here. Members are urged to review it and to vote at a Special General Meeting to be called in May 2017 that we adopt it.
Questions may be directed to one of the Executive Committee members. Their contact details appear on the back page of the club newsletter.
KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS
Paul Sullivan, Birdlife Australia explains:
January 23, 2017
Hunter Wetlands Centre, Shortland
Presenters: Andrew Silcocks (BirdLife Australia) and Alan Stuart (Hunter Bird Observers Club)
BirdLife Australia manages a national Atlas database for records of Australian birds. Birdata is the newly released portal which facilitates user access for data entry and data retrieval. At the workshop, attendees will learn how to use the Birdata portal and the smartphone app. The format is intended to be highly interactive and participation is encouraged.
More details here here
January 23, 2017
|The tree-plantings for 2017 will be held on the 5-7th May and 18-20th August. The August planting is subject to the availability of funding. Our current grant (from the federal government through Central Tablelands Local Lands Services) expires in June 2017 although there may be sufficient funds left over to fund an additional planting and we are hopeful that additional funding may be secured in the interim.|
January 10, 2017
Eleventh bird survey weekend around Grenfell on March 24 – 26, 2017
Please join us for the next survey weekend around Grenfell in the newly named SW slopes key biodiversity Area (KBA). The name change reflects the move to include other taxa within the old IBA concept though at present birds remain the centrepiece of the programme. New surveyors are always welcome. In small groups, we carry out 20 minute 2 hectare surveys on about 30 sites including many on private properties around Grenfell. The survey takes place on Saturday morning and the rest of the weekend is free for birding. We meet for dinner at the Railway Hotel in Grenfell on Friday evening and usually have a barbecue on a private property on Saturday evening though in March we may have a Bird Forum for local people. Grenfell is five hours’ drive west of Sydney. Accommodation is available in hotels, a motel and bed and breakfast places as well as in the caravan park. It is advisable to book accommodation early.
The September survey in 2016 was cancelled because of the wet weather and floods.
New surveyors are always welcome. There are interesting birds to see including this family of Apostlebirds seen on one of the private properties where we survey. If you would like to join us or would like more information, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on firstname.lastname@example.org or Allan Richards on email@example.com
Apostlebirds with young bird. Photograph by Phillip Diprose of “Ochre Arch”, Grenfell