Making a difference for Victoria’s birds

After many years of hard work for the conservation of birds state-wide in Victoria, the BirdLife Victoria team has decided to discontinue in its current form. The decision was made at the group’s March 2019 Annual General meeting.

BirdLife Victoria was formed in 2012 to respond to issues and events at the state level, and act as a resource for Victorian branches to call upon for assistance.

 This dedicated group was involved in a number of projects, including but not limited to:

  •  The preparation of submissions related to state-wide bird conservation matters e.g. wind farms;

  • Actions against duck hunting: pre-season waterfowl counts by BirdLife Victoria committee members have been instrumental in the closure of a number of wetlands;

  • Key Biodiversity Areas, Euan Moore and then Greg Turner have ably promoted and coordinated the KBA health checks and support for the Guardians program;

  • Twitchathon coordination and disbursement of funds raised for projects; and

  • The group has been the home of the Victorian Ornithological Records Appraisal Committee, or VORAC.

BirdLife Victoria also hosted an interesting and varied speaker program.

Congratulations to office bearers Mark Anderson, Euan Moore and Bruce McGregor, and their predecessors, for their hard work and commitment to Victoria’s birds and habitats, and their work with Victoria’s branches.

 BirdLife Victoria committee members will continue their involvement in ongoing projects such as KBAs and the Twitchathon. BirdLife Australia will engage former members of the group as part of a review to ensure the bird conservation needs of across Melbourne and Victoria are supported by a strong grass roots network.

Read a past issue of BirdLife Victoria committee here.