<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>

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 Current Bulletin

 

BIRDING BULLETIN 127

FEBRUARY 2018

 

HAS YOUR MEMBERSHIP OF BIRDING NSW LAPSED?

This is for those few members who have not yet renewed their subscription to Birding NSW for 2017-2018. Unfinancial members will be taken off all mailing lists after this Bulletin’s mailout. If you want to continue to receive Bulletins and Newsletters and to participate in all the Club’s birding activities, either:-

 

Renew on the Birding NSW website (http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/online-membership-application-or-renewal/), paying by bank transfer using your membership number or surname as reference.

Account name: Birding NSW

BSB: 062169

Account No.: 10193174

 

Or send a cheque to Birding NSW, PO Box Q277, QVB Post Shop, NSW 1230. Please include your name and address. You can send me any queries about membership at anne@vroekel.com.

 

DID YOU GO TO OLD BAR TO SEE THE ALEUTIAN TERNS?

If so, Corey Callaghan, a PhD student, and Professor Richard Kingsford at UNSW are keen for you to complete a short survey to help quantify the socioeconomic benefits of birders to the Old Bar area. The benefits need to be balanced against developments that may destroy bird habitats. The link is here: https://goo.gl/forms/OS41U2VLlimvS3Hw1. If you want more information, Corey can be contacted at c.callaghan@unsw.edu.au.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL, MARCH 23-25, 2018

The March survey will be our 13th survey. Existing and new surveyors are encouraged to take part in the next bird survey around Grenfell. We will survey on 31 sites on roadsides, private properties and state forests. We meet at the Railway Hotel for dinner on Friday evening and have a barbecue on a private property on Saturday evening. If you would like to join the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

IS BIRDSONG MUSIC?  WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY DR HOLLIS TAYLOR, FEBRUARY 25, 2018, at Theme and Variations Piano Services, 451, Willoughby Road, Willoughby from 2-4 pm.

This workshop is run by the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW. The cost is $55 for non-members and registration closes on February 14. For more information and registration contact the MTA secretary on 9570 1436 or info@musicnsw.com.au or go to www.musicnsw.com.au.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW MEMBERS’ DAY AND AGM, MARCH 17, 2018, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

There will be an escorted walk in the Narrawang Wetlands. Further details on the programme to come. Meanwhile please contact Wendy Fox, Office Manager at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au if you would like more information.

 

MIDWEEK WALK WITH IBOC/CBOC, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, MARCH 14, 2018 at 8.30 am

IBOC member and keen photographer, Charles Dove, will lead this outing. Meet at the Wattle Forest Parking area. At Audley, after crossing the causeway, turn right past the café/kiosk and turn right again over the white wooden bridge. Past the bridge turn left and follow the road to the its end.

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 26-29 APRIL, 2018

This survey will monitor bird diversity and abundance and is part of an ongoing project to monitor the Park’s recovery following the 2013 fires. Bird surveys take place each morning so there is plenty of time for other activities. Please contact Gillian Dunkerley at gilian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.

 

SURVEYORS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL SHOREBIRDS 2020 SUMMER COUNT

BirdLife Australia’s Threatened Species Network is looking for additional surveyors for the annual shorebird count this summer. If you think that you can help, please contact shorebirds@birdlife.org.au.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER PLANTINGS IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY 2018

5-6 May and 18-19 August – More information to come

FOR SALE: “BRIDGEWATER”, A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR GRENFELL. $450.000

Ian Brothers and his partner, Sonia, are selling their property near Grenfell. Ian and Sonia are great supporters of Birding NSW’s bird surveys in Grenfell and we have seen a number of interesting birds during the surveys. The property of about 300 acres is a wildlife sanctuary and Ian and Sonia are hoping that the buyer will continue to maintain the property for wildlife. For those considering a move to the country, you can see more at https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/nsw/sale-residential/213-barkers-road-grenfell-central-west/1317362498911 or contact Ian on 6343 3232

 

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

BIRDS IN BACKYARD VIDEOS

For those who have not yet discovered this great selection of videos of birds, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos. There are recent videos of shorebirds at Long Reef and Rainbow Bee-eaters nesting around Cornwallis and Upper Colo.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Great news for shorebirds: China is to halt coastal land reclamation according to Chinese media – one on Xinhua (http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/18/c_136903321.htm), China’s largest news agency, and one in The China Daily. You can read about it at birdlife.org/worldwide/news/great-news-shorebirds-china-halt-coastal-land-reclamation. There are also tentative plans for World Heritage listing of some areas. Also at http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/reprieve-for-shorebirds/.
  2. Land clearing in NSW: A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald highlighted the extensive clearing that continues in NSW particularly in the north west of the state. You can read about it at http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/a-shimmer-to-the-horizon-taking-stock-of-the-war-on-our-wildlife-20180119-h0la29. The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is pushing ahead with a legal case against the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act.
  3. IUCN Threatened species listing: IUCN has added the Plains Wanderer to the list of critically endangered species. Species uplisted from vulnerable to endangered include the Westland Petrel and the Antipodean Albatross. Species downlisted include Coxen’s Fig-Parrot, Southern Cassowary and Black-browed Albatross. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/uplisted-downlisted/
  4. Tootgarook Swamp, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, is a hotspot for Australasian Bitterns, a nationally Endangered species, and it’s been saved from development after the local council acquired the last remaining unprotected section of this important site. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/tootgarook-wetlands-protected/
  5. For information on threatened species from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub, go to http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/. There is an article on the Night Parrot at http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/tracking-the-ghost-of-the-arid-inland-conserving-australia-s-least-known-bird-the-night-parrot.

 

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au .

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The survey dates for 2018 are 10/11 February, 14/15 April, 14/15 July, 13/14 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.