COG meeting and AGM Wednesday evening 9 November

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Subject: COG meeting and AGM Wednesday evening 9 November
From: jandaholland--- via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2022 21:57:24 +0000

Hello COG members and chat line subscribers, a reminder that the monthly COG meeting will again be a normal face-to-face one held from 7:30 pm on Wednesday 9 November at our usual venue, the multi-media centre at the Canberra Girls Grammar School in Deakin.                  

As it will also be our AGM (which will be held first) there will be a single main speaker, as follows:

Con Boekel on “Dark Secrets of the Bush Capital.”


Further details are below. 


The revised ACT Public School COVID Management Plan September 2022 ( states under Hiring a school facility: “For a hirer to access a public school facility they must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan which must include adhering to physical distancing and hygiene requirements. Private events held at a school facility must also comply with any applicable public health restrictions for events.”  Therefore, meeting attendees will need to continue wearing masks.


Everyone is welcome.  The AGM is very important and we need as many people as possible to attend.  You won't be pressured into volunteering for anything that you don't want to do.  Con’s talk will also be a very interesting and relevant one on the changes in local bird populations he has studied, so I look forward to seeing you there.


Jack Holland


After the AGM the speaker will be long time COG member Con Boekel on “Dark Secrets of the Bush Capital.”

Con will talk about bird species disappearing from urban reserves in the inner northwest of Canberra.  During three decades of walking on Black Mountain Con thought he noticed that some birds had disappeared altogether or had reduced in numbers.  Con gathered the available data and then used Covid to complement it with extensive new field data.  The results show that the claim to be the 'Bush Capital' glosses over some terrible trends (This talk will substantially cover the same ground as that given at the ANBG).

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