We are hard working and committed to the conservation of birds in Northern NSW!
In 2017 we provided funding to two PhD projects, a study of plastics ingestion by seabirds around Lord Howe Island (Jann Gilbert, SCU) and a study of quail spp - investigating diet, movements etc (Ionie-Lee Smallwood, UNE)
The branch worked alongside Hastings Birdwatchers to install signs to protect vulnerable birds on beaches, we held a pioneering weekend workshop in Urunga to provide motivation and training for Guardians and volunteers involved with KBAs, with our subbranch Northern Rivers ran a simular workshop in Byron Bay. The spring conference of BIGnet was also held in Urunga.
Our two ongoing projects are monitoring populations of the Rufous Scrub-bird in New England KBA (Richard Jordan) and in the Scenic Rim KBA (Faye Hill)
Various other projects continued throughout the year, including Shorebirds 20/20, surveys for Glossy Black-Cockatoos, bird surveys at various sites in Scenic Rim and Nightcap KBAs and at a rehabilitated antimony mine, now a wetland, in Urunga
A highlight was the forming of a conservation sub-committee, with 5 members representing major population centres around the region. Submissions were sent, among several others, with regard to a) the future management of TSRs b) gas extraction in the Pilliga Forest c) State land-clearing legislation
Very successful Campouts were held in Tenterfield (autumn) and Lighting Ridge (spring). Each was patronised by around 65 participants, mainly BirdLife members. The latter was supported by aboriginal elders associated with the management of Narran Lakes KBA
Image: Beach Stone-Curlew by Duade Paton