Hi everybody -
I did not see any reply to Victoria Quinton's query on this subject, so
here is the relevant info from the WPSA.
WPSA Annual Garden Bird Count
NEW YEARS DAY 1999
For the past 16 years the Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia Inc.
has conducted an annual New Years Day Garden Bird Count across Australia
and invited everyone to participate in recording the numbers and species of
birds in and around their own back yards between 7 and 8 am on New Years Day.
During this time thousands of interested conservationists and
environmentalists, both professional and amateur, have participated in the
survey to help build up a considerable database of information on the
species and numbers of birds which frequent our back yards.
The President of the Society, Vincent Serventy AM, the ?Father of
Conservation in Australia? would like to invite all members of conservation
groups across Australia to participate in the next Count, on 1 January 1999:
?We have had great success in encouraging so many people to participate in
the Society?s New Years Day Garden Bird Count that we should now make a
special effort to record as much data as possible, and I now invite all
members of the hundreds of conservation groups across Australia to join in.
All you have to do is to count the number of bird species and the number
of birds in and around your own back yard on New Years Day between 7 and 8
am and send the information to us for collation into our Annual Report?.
?Please send a business sized self-addressed pre-stamped envelope and we
will send you a copy of the 1999 results. It would be a great show of
strength for the conservation movement to combine on such a very practical
project right across Australia on the first day of each new year.?
The Society has collated the results of the 1998 nation-wide survey from
more than 280 reports sent into our Bird Count Compiler, Rosalind Gordon.
The Australian Magpie was the most commonly seen bird in New South Wales
and Queensland, but the introduced Common Blackbird was prominent in South
Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. The Australian Raven slightly outpointed
the Australian Magpie in Western Australia.
Based on recent results, there has been a noticeable increase in the
recording of native birds in urban gardens following recognition of the
value of planting Australian native plants throughout our gardens. The
continued planting of Australian native plants encourages local native
birds to feed and nest in urban back yards where there is a decline in
local vegetation caused through overclearing or other land developments.
Further information on the Count from:
GPO Box 3428
SYDNEY NSW 1043
Tel/fax: (02) 9556 1537.
Birds Australia Conservation & Liaison,
Australian Bird Research Centre,
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East, VIC 3123, Australia.
Tel: (03) 9882 2622. Fax: (03) 9882 2677.
O/s: +61 3 9882 2622. Fax: +61 3 9882 2677.
Web Homepage: http://www.vicnet.net.au/~birdsaus/