RAOU Centenary Congress and Campout

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Subject: RAOU Centenary Congress and Campout
From: Margaret Cameron <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 00:35:48 +1000
The RAOU/Birds Australia is holding its Centenary Congress in Adelaide from 1-3 November, exactly one hundred years from the AOU?s first meeting which was also held in Adelaide. If you're planning to come but haven't booked yet, please do so promptly - the organizers need to know how many people they will be feeding!  (Also if you're coming and haven't booked accommodation yet, it would be a good idea to do it now - there are other events on at the same time.) Obviously a centenary is the kind of occasion for which the more people come, the better; it's an occasion for friends and reminiscences, and after all none of us are likely to be around for the next one. You can come to the campout if you don't come to the congress, see below.

The booking form was in the June Wingspan but if you need another contact Penny Paton or Janice Menz 08 82785732.

The Congress has two days of speakers and various associated social events.

Its opening reception (a cocktail party) will be held on Thursday 1 November (6-7.30pm) in the impressive foyer of the South Australian Museum, and The Flight of the Emu by Libby Robin, the history of ornithology in the 20th century, will be launched by Dr Tim Flannery, Director of the Museum.

The Congress itself, on Friday and Saturday, is at the AMF Building in Glenside, where there will also be a joint meeting with the South Australian Ornithological Association (the hosts) on Friday evening, at which Libby Robin, a lively speaker as well as author of The Flight of the Emu, will speak. Because the venue is not close to restaurants, a meal (and cash bar) will be available there.

Details of Congress speakers who include famous expatriates Leo Joseph and Allen Keast are on the BA webpage

The Congress Dinner on Saturday night, at the Grosvenor Hotel, will be a splendid affair, with Dr Dick Schodde giving the after dinner speech (following his famous speech at the SAOA Centenary dinner). On Sunday, SAOA members will take us on field trips to Penrice Saltfields, Noarlunga wetlands, and Sandy Creek Conservation Park.

Fellows Dinner 31 October, Adelaide
The Fellows of the RAOU have organized a fundraising Fellows Dinner preceding the Centenary Congress, to be held at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on 31 October, with Robyn Williams of the ABC Science unit as guest of honour and speaker. All profits from this dinner will go to Birds Australia; it is not an exclusive event and members and non-members are invited to apply for invitations ($165 each, including GST) for themselves and their guests. Contact Stephen Davies 08 9572 1074 or

The Campout (5-9 November) is based at the Little Desert Lodge, near Nhill in western Victoria. The Little Desert is famous for its Malleefowl, and has mallee, heath, buloke and yellow gum habitats, as well as being in range of salt and fresh water lakes. The Little Desert Lodge offers full catering including a cash bar, and bunk room accommodation and several rooms with ensuites (pretty well all booked now) as well as camping. Prices for fully catered accommodation range from basic bunkroom, byo sleeping bag, $42 per person per night to single room with ensuite, $78 per person per night. Contact John Bottomley or 03- 5284 1554.

Thanks Birding-Aus for letting me remind people about this occasion.

Margaret Cameron

PS For The Big Birdwatch on 1 July, the real birthday, all Atlassers were asked to do at least one survey. By the beginning of September,  returned surveys for 1 July from all over Australia totalled 444 species. Thanks Birding-aussers who took part!

Margaret Cameron        

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East Geelong, Vic. 3219

Phone   61 3 5229 9792
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