Good luck with the fundraiser. I just twitched the Carpentarian Grasswren
about 2 hours ago at its site about 8km up McNamaras road and about 1km
east along the trail.
I honestly don't know how publically accessable the site is or if I should
have gone in. A lot of very large mining equipment moving up and down the
paved road. Sneaked in between some large dump trucks while listening on
UHF Ch 10. Bottomed out my Subaru getting off the main road to the dirt
trail. Wouldn't be surprised if the road is closed to the public soon.
Still extremely noisy and dusty.
Hope the survey turns up some more decent habital and populations.
Kevin von Rotz
To: "" <>
Subject: QLD Twitch and Fundraising for the Carpentarian Grasswren
From: Nick Leseberg <>
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:51:51 +0000
Over the last few weeks, birders across the great state
of Queensland have been traversing the countryside as part of the joint
Birds Queensland and Birdlife Southern Queensland Twitchathon. It has
been another successful event, with about 20 teams entering.
funds raised through this event have been split between the
organisations, but in 2015 a decision was made to pool the funds and put
them towards a joint project. We chose to support research into the
Carpentarian Grasswren, a bird which unfortunately is in decline, and
now almost a Queensland endemic. For more details, see the excellent
summary on the Birdlife website by Graham Harrington and Steve Murphy:
are hoping to raise $8000 to put towards comprehensive surveys of the
current populations. This will help gather some robust baseline data
that can be used to monitor population trends. We have raised about half
of that through donations direct to Twitchathon participants
themselves, and are hoping to raise the second half through our online
public donation portal.
So, we are asking for your help! If you feel like chipping in ten bucks to
us reach our target, please go to:
Please also feel free to share with family, friends or social media. It's
great little bird, and a very good cause!
Thanks for your help.
QLD Twitch Coordinator
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