Unfortunately the full details of the main
presentation for this month's meeting did not seem to get into the March
Gang-gang. So I have copied them below - it promises to be a good evening
so make sure you come along!!
Details for the March meeting
The first presentation will be a ?Bird of the
Month? talk by Jack
Holland on ?Identification of Local Quail Species?. This will be a reprise and an update of a talk
he gave to COG about 20 years ago. Come along to learn how to identify
these difficult species and find out whether Jack has found it any easier to be
certain of their identification in the field after all these years.
The main presentation will be by Dr Sandy Berry,
Senior Research Associate, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU,
on Habitat Productivity, Connectivity and
Sandy is a vegetation ecologist with a
particular interest in the way that the Australian vegetation responds to
environmental change through time.
About half of the bird species in Australia show
dispersive movement behaviour ? they don?t live out their lives at the one
place. A major factor driving these movements is the seasonal and year to
year variability in rainfall, and hence in the location of food. This poses many
problems to conservation planners. Sandy will talk about her research (with
Professor Brendan Mackey) investigating the variability in plant productivity over
the continent, and how they are using the BA atlas database to gain a better
understanding of species distributions. Members who read their articles in
the December 2007 Wingspan and the State of Australia?s Birds 2007 will have had
their appetites whetted for this presentation.
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