Its offical - Birds SA welcomed to the fold

What do you get when you affiliate Australia’s oldest bird conservation organisation with Australia’s second-oldest bird conservation organisation?

That’s what Birds SA and BirdLife Australia are about to find out.

After working independently to protect Australia’s native birds for well over a century, Birds SA and BirdLife Australia have just signed an agreement that will see both organisations working side by side on a range of bird conservation and research projects across South Australia.

One thing’s for sure — South Australia’s native birds will be the winners.

“This is an important step for Birds SA,” said John Gitsham, the President of Birds SA. “Working together with BirdLife Australia on initiatives and promoting people’s appreciation and understanding of birds, we can have greater impact for birds and their habitats in South Australia.”

BirdLife Australia’s CEO Paul Sullivan said the affiliation formalises a longstanding association between the two organisations.

“BirdLife Australia works hard in South Australia to protect endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and threatened resident and migratory shorebirds. BirdLife led the campaign for an International Bird Sanctuary in Adelaide and the Gluepot Reserve near Waikerie is at the centre of our work to fight the extinction of threatened Mallee birds.

“Many of Birds SA’s members are already contributing to these programs. By working more closely with Birds SA we can achieve so much more for the conservation of birds right across the state.”

BirdLife Australia has a network of branches and affiliates across Australia, including branches on Kangaroo Island and in the South East of South Australia.