COG meeting 12 March

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Subject: COG meeting 12 March
From: "Jack and Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 17:47:40 +1100
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!!
Jack Holland

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 Bird Conservation.

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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