AUSTRALIAN BIRD STUDY ASSOCIATION
In a recent state of the art review of bird ecology in Australia the eminent
ornithologist Hugh Ford summed up our knowledge of bird ecology by saying:
"...infinitely more remains to be studied than has already been
discovered...There is no reason why the next few decades of research in
Australian bird ecology should not be at least as exciting as the previous
The Australian Bird Study Association (ABSA) is committed to fostering our
knowledge and understanding of Australian birds. The conservation of our
natural heritage will benefit through a greater appreciation of the
ecological requirements, physiology and behaviour of our avifauna.
The ABSA caters for a wide range of interests in ornithology by providing:
A SCIENTIFIC HOURNAL - CORELLA is a refereed journal of high standard used
by bird observers, bird-banders (ringers) and other amateurs and
professional researchers to publish the results of a diverse range of
ornithological observations and studies. In addition to research papers,
individual issues of CORELLA may, for example, contain articles on seabird
breeding islands, which provide important base data for the conservation of
seabird breeding habitat, information on the aging and sexing of birds in
the hand to assist banders (ringers) in the collection of vital data,
details of outstanding recoveries of banded (ringed) birds, general interest
articles on bird families and the natural environment and literature and
book reviews. Four issues are produced each year.
A NEWSLETTER and BIRD BRAINS - A quarterly newsletter informs members of
forthcoming events, technical tips and current perspectives in ornithology.
BIRD BRAINS is a small periodic publication which gives a basic insight into
studies being conducted by specific researchers.
WORKSHOPS, TRAINING and FIELD DAYS - Specialist workshops are conducted to
increase researchers' experience and expertise in such areas as trapping
techniques and strategies and the collection of data. Training courses are
organized to teach prospective researches in the basic of ornithology and
field study methods, including the intensive training of bird banders.
Field trips are arranged, generally to remote study sites, to undertake
specific studies of the birds of the site and to increase researchers'
experience as members of a team working toward a project objective.
RESEARCH FUNDING - Small grants may be made to members to assist their
research in a specific study.
RESEARCH EQUIPMENT - The ABSA manages a mail order facility for the supply
to researchers of such equipment as mist nets, spring balances, banding
(ringing) pliers, butt-ended rulers, colour bands and bird holding bags.
members of the ABSA receive a discount on purchases.
Anyone interested in further detail;s is encouraged to contact the ABSA at
the following address:
Australian Bird Study Association
PO Box A313
SYDNEY SOUTH, NSW 2000
Queensland Ornithological Society
12 Florence Street
Kippa Ring, Q. 4021
Tel: +61 7 3283 4921
Fax: +61 7 3889 4272