2016 Tasmanian Twitchathon

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Subject: 2016 Tasmanian Twitchathon
From: Mona Loofs-Samorzewski <>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:34:37 +0000
Hi folks

Following on from Tim Dolby’s email about the Victorian Twitchathon, Tasmania 
will also be participating in the National Twitchathon on 29/30 October 
(forgive the Victorians and their horse race which has affected their twitching 

In Tasmania this year we are raising money for the Wedge-tailed Eagle, the 
largest bird of prey in Australia and one that is endangered at both Tasmanian 
and national levels. With only 400-700 breeding adults in Tassie, Wedgies are 
at risk from habitat loss, nest disturbance, shooting, collisions with 
vehicles, powerlines, wind-farms and fences, and electrocution. Wedge-tailed 
Eagles are extremely shy nesters, and will simply abandon nests if exposed to 
too much disturbance – whether from logging, development or close approach by 
humans. Any money raised from the Twitchathon will go towards a research 
project that aims to test the safe distance for approaching nests, and to find 
out where young birds go to forage. The aim is to raise enough to cover half 
the cost of one telemetry unit to attach to a juvenile Wedgie. For more 
information about the project, contact James Pay  

The Twitchathon is open to all comers - whether you are a die-hard 24-hour 
twitchathon enthusiast, a birder in your local patch or a family wanting to 
learn a bit more about birds, there is a competition for everyone. For those 
who don’t already know, the aim is to see as many different species of birds as 
you can, within a set time-frame and area. This year there will be the usual 
24-hour race, the 12-hour race and the new Birdathon. Teams can compete in any 
of these three competitions and raise sponsorship and donations to contribute 
to bird conservation.

If you’d like to enter or just want more information, contact me at 
 <> or phone/message 0439 567 
630. Updates will be posted on 
<> You can also check out the 
Birdlife Australia web page 
<> The 
donations pages will be up and running soon.

So grab your binoculars, put a team together and join in the fun!

Tasmanian Twitchathon Coordinator

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