Our involvement with BirdLife Clarkesdale is continuing to grow - Ballarat 2017

2017 has been a good year for the branch, with consistent attendance at both meetings and outings. We have a great sense of community within our branch and continue to attract interest from the local community.

Our involvement with BirdLife Clarkesdale is continuing to grow with members attending friend’s days. Surveying Clarksdale’s birds has had a slow start mainly due to time restraints so next year we will trial mid-week visits to improve consistency. The first of Clarksdale’s new marked walks was completed with help from several members. Our now annual BBQ was held amidst the downpours of Dec 2nd, but we ignored the weather and a good time was had by all.

The following day 18 members took part in the annual Challenge bird count recording over 6000 birds of 151 species within the Ballarat recording area.

Members have been involved over the past few years with Ballarat’s latest Regional Park, Woowookarung, mainly by producing an up to date bird list.

Help with updating the Nerrina wetlands signage in the form of an updated bird list and many photos taken by our membership.

The branch is also producing a report and bird list for Lake Goldsmith, This was initiated through Parks Victoria and has earned the branch some much needed funds.

Our Lake Wendouree walk for Bird Week was well attended by members of the public and during the same period several members manned a display at Ballarat’s Central Square shopping centre giving us good community exposure..

Ian Ashton on behalf of BirdLife Ballarat.

Images: Clarkesdale by Fiona Blandford