Birdwatching in Sydney
|with the Cumberland Bird Observers' Club
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday night of every month at the ‘Friendship Room’ at 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 borrow from the book and video libraries and you can 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.
third Tuesday of every month at 8pm
||The ‘Friendship Room’ at 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.
|May 16||Raptor Identification|
Dr Stephen Debus. Stephen lives in Armidale and has been researching and writing on raptors for many years. He is regarded by many as one of Australia's pre-eminent raptor specialists. Many birders regard raptors as particularly difficult to identify so Stephen's talk tonight on Raptor ID will make things easier for us all. This meeting is not to be missed.
|June 20||Emu Research|
Julia Ryeland. Julia is a PhD Candidate at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment which is working with the National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW. Julia's talk tonight on Emu Research will explain how collecting Emu feathers from across eastern Australia will help us understand how to better manage geographically isolated populations, such as the NSW endangered coastal population.
|July 18||Noisy Miners in western NSW|
Dr Richard Major, Senior Research Scientist, Ornithology Collection at the Australian Museum. Richard is leading a large-scale research project that is investigating the potential of removal of Noisy Miners from woodland patches to promote persistence of declining birds.
|August 15||AGM plus Birdlife of Sydney Olympic Park|
Jen O'Meara, Parklands Ecologist with with Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Jennifer will summarise the 2016 surveys and plans for the 2017 surveys.
|September 19||The Feather Map project |
Dr Kate Brandis, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. The Feather Map of Australia project aims to collect waterbird feathers from wetlands around Australia. These feathers will be analysed using nuclear techniques, such as mass spectrometry and high resolution X-ray fluorescence, to identify stable isotopes and minerals that are incorporated into feathers through the ingestion of food.
|October 17||Cassowaries and the Daintree|
Wren McLean. Wren is a Southern Cross University Honours student studying Southern Cassowary populations in the Daintree rainforest. She is a recipient of a 2014 Wet Tropics Student Research Grant. Using motion sensored camera traps, Wren has been able to capture the activities of this fascinating species.
|November 21||How wildlife survives in the arid zone|
|December 19||Christmas 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.