Archive for January, 2017
January 23rd, 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.
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January 23rd, 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 10th, 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 email@example.com or Allan Richards on firstname.lastname@example.org
Apostlebirds with young bird. Photograph by Phillip Diprose of “Ochre Arch”, Grenfell