Be Bird Alert
... during National Bird Awareness Week.
BE BIRD ALERT is a multi-part event to make it easy to participate in Australia’s biggest Citizen Science event – The Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Whether you’re a novice or a committed twitcher, you’ll enjoy this free event.
COME ALONG at 3pm on Saturday 21 October to the James Theatre for a talk from Robert Griffin about the various sorts of birds, their habits and habitats, recognition tips, info on endangered birds and recent research programs. Plus some handy hints on what to do if you find an injured bird. Robert is a member of Birds Australia.
There will also be an introduction to the bird count app so you can join in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count on 23-29 October.
EARLY ON SUNDAY MORNING, 22 October, visit a local bird haven with a group to spot birds under the guidance of a bird mentor (limited numbers – book in at the Saturday talk).
ON SUNDAY MORNING, 22 October, finish off at a BIRD BRUNCH at the Dungog Community Garden to compare notes and experiences.
OVER THE NEXT WEEK, 23-29 October, join in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count and record the birds you see on the phone app or on the Aussie Bird Count website.
Who it’s for: Both novice and experienced bird observers.
Introduction and talk – Saturday 21 October, 3.00pm at the James Theatre, 6 Brown St, Dungog.
Mentored bird spotting – Sunday 22 October, AM – time and locations around Dungog will be announced at the Saturday arvo talk (limited numbers – book in at the Saturday talk). NB it will be a pretty early rise as “the early spotter gets the bird”.
Bird Breakfast – Sunday 22 October, AM, after the bird spotting (gold coin donation).
Aussie Backyard Bird Count – Monday 23–Sunday 29 October 2017.
Booking: No booking is required, however it’s best to attend the Saturday talk if you want to book a place on the bird mentor activity on Sunday morning.
Bird Count Registration: You can register as a counter for the 2017 bird count at the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website. The website also has information about downloading the phone app and field guides and other resources. Click here to check it out.
Cost: Saturday talk is free. Sunday bird spotting is free (limited places). Sunday brunch is gold coin donation.
About our speaker. Robert Griffin has been a birdwatcher for 40 years. He first became interested in birds while living in the Blue Mountains. Initially his interest was in ‘bush birds’, but it now extends to all types of birds including waders and seabirds. An active member and supporter of organisations such as Birds Australia and Birding NSW, Robert is involved in monitoring programs such as those for the Powerful Owl and for the Australian Wader Studies Group. He also leads birding tours in Sydney and in regional New South Wales.
Through Paterson Allyn Williams SCIENCE HUB. 21-22 October. Click here to discover more.