Re: RFI Broken Hill-Tiboburra

To: Chris Ross <>,
Subject: Re: RFI Broken Hill-Tiboburra
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 08:43:56 +1000

Being in the Western Directorate of NSW NPWS I am surrounded by colleagues 
who visit these locations regularly.  The consensus is that while it is 
dry out west now it will be dryer in October.  The days will be cool to 
warm (obviously warmer in Sturt than Mungo) and the nights cold.  Because 
things are drying out the number of birds may not be what people were 
seeing 12 to 18 months ago but they will be there.

The lakes (those that are full - I believe the Menindee Lakes are all but 
dry) are attracting large numbers of waterbirds and chats.  Large numbers 
of Orange Chats were seen at Peery Lake, north of Wilcannia, last week.  I 
suggest you contact the local NPWS offices in regards what has water and 
what hasn't.

If you were to go out in July you could participate in the Outback 
Twitchathon.  This has been designed to be an enjoyable event, encouraging 
people to get out to the outback in the Year of the Outback.  Simply 
record the number of species in any 36 hour period commencing at 6AM and 
finishing at 6PM the next day.  Get people to sponsor you and raise money 
for Newhaven.  The period you suggest is outside the official Twitchathon 
period of 26 July to 18 August but this shouldn't matter (unless you are 
seriously out to win it).  Registration forms can be obtained from the 
Birds Australia Sydney Office - email 

Feel free to get in touch if you want any more information.


David Geering

David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382

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