Bulletins are issued approximately monthly
BIRDING BULLETIN 117
SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING OF BIRDING NSW. 2 MAY 2017 at 7.30 pm (immediately before the monthly 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 held on 2 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.
BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 20 TO 23 APRIL 2017
Join other volunteers to count birds at Warrumbungle National Park and monitor the Park’s recovery from fire in 2013. For information about the bird count, see https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/back-to-bungles-bird-week. Please contact Patrick Tegart at Patrick.Tegart@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.
CAPERTEE VALLEY REGENT HONEYEATER RECOVERY PROJECT
The tree plantings for 2017 will be held on 5-7th May and 18-20th August. The August plantings are subject to availability of funding. For more information and registration, go to http://birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-nsw/projects-initiatives-s. If you have any queries or wish to register your intention to come to the planting, please contact Wendy Fox at the BirdLife Sydney office on 02 9647 1033 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
WORKSHOP: USING BIRDATA (BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA ATLAS). HUNTER WETLANDS CENTRE, SHORTLAND. FRIDAY 12 MAY. 8.30 am to 5 pm
Andrew Silcocks (BirdLife Australia) and Alan Stuart (Hunter Bird Observers’ Club) are presenting a workshop on how to use BIRDATA. Although the new Birdata portal is very easy to use, there is no reference manual available for it and many people haven’t had time to delve into its secrets. Participants will learn how to put data into Birdata, how to get data out, how to find out where a particular species has been recorded, how to find out what species have been recorded in a particular area, and much more.
The cost is $20 per person (includes lunch). You must pre-register to attend. To register, email email@example.com.
KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEYS AROUND GRENFELL, 2017
The dates for the next bird survey around Grenfell in 2017 have been changed to September 15-17, 2017 because of clashes with activities in Grenfell. New surveyors are always welcome. If you would like to receive further information about these survey weekends, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS: NATURE’S HOTSPOTS
To learn more about BirdLife Australia’s campaign to raise awareness about Key Biodiversity Areas in Australia and in particular those KBAs, which are close to urban areas, please go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/campaigns/. In 2017, 19 KBAs have been declared as “in danger” of losing the environmental values that make them important. Each of these KBAs in Danger provides habitat for species that could soon become extinct should the current threats persist http://www.birdlife.org.au/campaigns/local-action-global-importance.
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
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EMU TRACKING, POPULATION COUNTS AND FIELD WORK
PhD student, Julia Ryeland from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, is investigating the population size and mating systems of the Emu in NSW. Julia is calling for volunteers to assist in three separate aspects of the project. Volunteers are needed to track Emus in Western Sydney, to do population counts in Eurobodalla, Tidbinbilla (Canberra) and Yuragir (Grafton) and to assist in herding, capturing and taking blood from captive Emus (Wee Waa). If you are interested, please send an expression of interest and your CV to Julia Ryeland email@example.com, for more information see her website.
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.
VIDEO OF MIGRATORY SHOREBIRDS AND THE YELLOW SEA
This video shows several migratory shorebirds, which come to Australia as well as great pictures of the endangered Spoonbill Sandpiper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N74zn7bCpq8
CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA
- Rains in the north of Western Australia have inundated many usually dry lakes. Large numbers of birds, particularly Banded Stilts are now breeding there. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-31/wa-inland-lakes-become-breeding-grounds-for-waterbirds/8404992
- Sightings of Night Parrots have been reported from Western Australia. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/night-parrot-photographed-in-wa/
- At least 118 Freckled Ducks and 38 Blue-billed Ducks, both threatened species, were killed at First Marsh near Kerang on the opening weekend of the Duck Hunting Season. The area has now been closed to shooters but other areas, which also contain threatened species, remain open to shooters. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/carnage-in-victorias-wetlands/
- The Tasmanian House of Legislative Assembly has approved an extension to logging across South-Eastern Tasmania including Bruny Island and at Wielangta. These areas of forest comprise two of the most important breeding sites of the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/swifties-in-peril-once-more/
- Sufficient funds were raised in a crowd-funding campaign to translocate 30 fledgling Norfolk Island Green Parrots to nearby Phillip Island as an “insurance population”. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/thank-you-from-the-norfolk-island-green-parrot/
- The Federal Government has released its latest State of the Environment Report. It indicates that the status of biodiversity in Australia continues to deteriorate. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/government-releases-state-of-the-environment-report/
For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.