On this page you will find links to summaries of the talks or presentations made at the monthly meetings.
7 June 2016
The 2016 Bird Surveys at SOP start soon. Training will be on 6th September and surveys will run each Tuesday morning until 1 November. If you would like to participate in all or a few of the surveys please contact Judy Harrington
Click here for a short tour of with some familiar faces.
If you would like to see Trevor Waller’s slideshow (in case you missed it or just to enjoy it again) click on the title. You do not have to log-in or register for Dropbox to view the video. Simply close that dialog box if it pops up.
7 April 2015
Ian A W McAllan: ‘The History of Bird Atlassing, Changing Distributions and Outback Exploration’
Ian McAllan is the Scientific Officer of NSW Bird Atlassers inc.and co-Author with Richard M Cooper and Brian R Curtis of:
‘An Atlas of the Birds of NSW and the ACT’ Volume One.’
It was only in the late 1940s that bird distribution and population data in NSW became a serious study. Before that, for 160 years since first settlement, species collection, description and catalogueing were the chief pursuits of Ornithologists. Only a few thousand bird records could be safely used to map distribution and the populations of species.
Ian McAllan artfully and enthusiastically took members at the meeting through the development of bird atlassing including some extraordinarily fine detail of how birds migrate and wander nomadically from summer to winter habitats.
Thank you Ian for a most instructive talk. Click here to view the abstract.
The superb first volume of ‘An Atlas of the Birds of NSW and the ACT’ is a must-have book for the amateur ornithologist and scientist alike.
For enquiries about the book go to www.nswbirdatlassers.org.au
Ian Bailey, Editor Birding NSW.
Laura Rayner: Protecting woodland birds from urban sprawl: the need for population data in evidence-based planning.
Factors regulating the decline of woodland birds were investigated by Laura Rayner during her PhD research.
Fourteen years of bird surveys recorded by a Canberra Observation Group was the key to studying the effects of drought, reservation and urbanisation on temperate woodland species.
This extract from Laura’s presentation shows detail of shrinking habitats and, as a consequence, how populations of key species have changed. She noted that some species have benefited by urbanisation while others definitely have not, but few of her scientific determinations would have been possible without long-term data.
From such scientific evidence, management decisions affecting biodiversity are more likely to be positive for wildlife.
Thank you Laura for an engaging and masterly workshop! Click here for the extract.
Laura can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Bailey Editor Birding NSW.