Birdwatching in Sydney

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Meetings
Birding with Cumberland Bird Observers
Willie Wagtail

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday night of every month at the Wesley Castle Hill Uniting Church, corner of Kentwell and Showground Roads, Castle Hill. Vehicles may enter from Worthing Road at the rear, or from Showground Road itself.

Meetings usually consist of guest speakers (some from overseas), "bird of the night" where we learn identification tips, then time to socialise over a free cup of coffee, tea or orange juice. There is also time to enter your bird sightings in the Interesting Observations book.

If you don't have a car, give us a call and we can try to arrange someone to pick you up. Meetings last until about 9.30pm or 10pm.

Don't be shy - come along and say g'day.

Upcoming Meetings
third Tuesday of every month at 8pm
New Location The Wesley Castle Hill Uniting Church, corner of Kentwell and Showground Roads, Castle Hill. Vehicles may enter from Worthing Road at the rear, or from Showground Road itself.


August 21AGM + Members Night
Jen O'Meara will speak about the latest environmental protection projects at Sydney Olympic Park
September 18Biodiversity monitoring programs in the Pilliga forests and at Mallee Cliffs National Park
Rod Kavanagh. Rod will talk about the reintroduction of Greater Bilby, Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, Western Barred Bandicoot, Brush-tailed Bettong, Burrowing Bettong, Numbat, Red-tailed Phascogale, Mitchell's Hopping Mouse, Stick-nest Rat, Plains Mouse and Western Quoll plus the associated biodiversity monitoring programs.
October 16The Feather Map Project
Kate Brandis. A joint research project between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the University of NSW (UNSW) enlisted citizen scientists to gather feathers from wetlands. Feathers were analysed to understand the diet and environmental conditions that grew the feather. Each feather is like a memory chip of where that bird has been.
November 20Night Parrot: Australia's most elusive bird
Eminent Australian ornithologist and bestselling author Penny Olsen will talk about her research for her latest book.

Known for being Australia's most mysterious and enigmatic bird, the Night Parrot has been luring its seekers into Australia's vast, arid outback for over a century. Less than 30 specimens were collected before it all but disappeared, and for a hundred years, only fleeting glimpses and the occasional mummified body acted as proof of its continued existence. Protected by spinifex and darkness, the parrot attained almost mythical status: the challenge of a lifetime to birdwatchers and an inspiration to poets, novelists and artists.

This new book, the latest by eminent ornithologist and author Penny Olsen, documents the competitiveness and controversy, the triumphs and adventures of the history of the Night Parrot and its followers, culminating in the recent discovery of live birds at a few widely scattered and highly confidential locations. It explores what we are now unravelling about the mysteries of its biology and ecology and what is still left to learn. Complemented by guest essays, illustrations and photographs from a wide variety of sources, this book sheds light on Australia's most elusive bird. A portion of the profits from the sale of each copy will be donated to Bush Heritage to fund Night Parrot research and conservation programs.

December 18Christmas Party
Quizzes, games and finger food. Come along and enjoy this social evening. Please bring a half plate of food, drinks supplied by the club.


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