BirdLife Townsville update

An update from Janet Robino, BirdLife Townsville President gives an overview of their thriving group:

The last few months have been very busy indeed. The Shorebird 2020 winter surveys were all completed. Some records to note are: 50 Eastern Curlews and 1 Collared Kingfisher at Cungulla; 13 Whimbrel and 26 Pied Oystercatchers at Bushland Beach and 43 Grey-tailed Tattlers at Lucinda. And last but certainly not least, 3 Beach Stone-Curlews at Lucinda.

The Birds In Schools Program is well on the way with the Townsville Junior Grammar School students planting their birdfriendly garden. See Wal‟s article for the full story.

Our education and community awareness programs are really ramping up. If you are interested in getting involved contact the committee to get more information on how you can contribute. Several members helped out at the Sustainability House Open Day. After a slow start, probably because of the cold weather, we were kept very busy with lots of families asking lots of questions. The display cases from the Museum of Tropical North Queensland were a particular hit. One case holds a lovely Barn Owl and the other several kingfishers. There was also a constant queue of kids and adults to look at some very obliging birds through the scopes.

The Photography Group is going strong with several members getting together on the first Tuesday evening each month to share photos and pick up hints from each other. You don‟t need to be a photographer to come along. Everyone is welcome to join in and enjoy looking at some pretty good photos of birds.

Click here to read the latest edition of BirdLife Townsville’s newsletter, the Drongo.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: congratulations to BirdLife Townsville for being awarded an ABEF grant for some Exhibition Banners. More news to come…

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