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Dates for 2023: 18 and 25 February


The Great Inland Glossy Count is back again in 2023. This is part of a project aiming to secure the inland population of the Glossy Black Cockatoo in NSW, coordinated by the Central West Local Land Services in partnership with NSW NPWS, Forest Corp NSW and the Dubbo Field Naturalists.

Dates for the surveys this year are as follows:

  • 18 February - Pilliga Forests and surrounds (registrations close on 15 February)

  • 25 February - Goonoo National Park and surrounds (registrations close on 22 February)


All participants are required to register via the NPWS Volunteer portal.

Bird Week: 17-23 October 2022


The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where your backyard might be — whether it's a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, a farm, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

All you need to take part is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space - you don't even have to leave home, making it the ultimate COVID-safe activity! As well as contributing to BirdLife Australia's knowledge of Aussie Birds, you will have the chance to win some great prizes! Head to the website and register as a Counter today.

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More info, registration and donations

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October


The 2022 NSW and ACT Twitchathon will take place on the weekend of October  29-30, 2022. There will be only one Twitchathon weekend this year. The rules for the 30 hr and 3 hr Twitchathons are unchanged from 2021. Following the responses to the questionnaire sent out following the 2021 Twitchathon, we have decided that the 8 hour Twitchathon would be replaced by a 12 hour Twitchathon.


Last year we had 34 teams – 8 in the 30 hr Twitch, 22 in the 8 hr Twitchathon and 4 in the 3 hr Birdathon. We hope that we will have as many teams in 2022. Once again there will be no prizes.


The 2022 Twitchathon will be supporting a research project on Gang Gang Cockatoos

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Conference tickets are available from 


The iconic Australasian Bittern is the focus of a summit in Leeton on 1-4 February 2022, designed to advance the conservation of this cryptic species. 

The Australasian Bittern Conservation Summit 2022 is a unique opportunity to connect with scientists, conservationists, wetland managers, birdwatchers and farmers who share a passion for Bitterns. 

Bitterns are listed as an endangered species in Australia and only about 2,000 birds remain globally, so we are keen to connect with people who have an interest in its survival. 


The AGM will be held at the Friendship Room of the Wesley Uniting Church Castle Hill at 7.30pm.

Further information for the AGM can be accessed by clicking the links below:

For further information, contact Coralie Turner-Morris on

Dates for 2022: 12/13 March


The Bird Interest Group Network (BIGNet) is holding a conference in the Megalong Valley near Blackheath and CB OC members are welcome to attend.

The theme of the weekend is “Migration”.

The program on Saturday includes a Conservation workshop in the morning and a seminar on Bird Migration in the afternoon.  Sunday includes an early morning bird walk and the BIGNet General meeting.

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Links to other Information

Invitation, Registration form and Accommodation options

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Saturday 22 October 2022


The Bird Haven Festival hosted by BirdLife Shoalhaven is returning in 2022 bringing hundreds of people together in Shoalhaven Heads to celebrate birds and learn more about their behaviour, habitat and conservation. It will be held on Saturday, 22 October from 11:00am to 5.30pm with registration from 10.30am at the Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club, 76 Shoalhaven Heads Road.

Leading ornithologists and researchers will speak about their work in bird conservation and the ecology of some of our bird species. The keynote speaker will be Dr David Lindenmayer.

The price of tickets are $70, including afternoon tea/coffee and lunch.

Details of the program and other associated events are available at

Tickets for the Conference can only be purchased on-line – go to

Sunday 23 October 2022


The next Bird Interests Group Network (BIGNET) meeting hosted by BLSNSW will be held on Sunday, 23 October at the Shoalhaven Heads Community Centre on the same weekend as the Bird Haven Festival - Shoalhaven. Representatives of all birding club members are invited to attend.

The program will commence with a bird walk at 7am, followed by the meeting from 9:00am to 2.30pm. Further program details will be available closer to the event.

There is no charge to attend but registration is required on-line at

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Judy Harrington  |

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