FW: Grants ideas

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Subject: FW: Grants ideas
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2024 07:18:19 +0000

I recall someone thinking that this comment I typed in The GBS Report about the Noisy Friarbird, was strange. I still think it is an entirely valid and obvious suggestion. Although it is only a suggestion, with certainly no way to investigate and support or disprove it.


“If there is a reason why this species migrates, it may relate to the bald head of this species and the cold Canberra winter.”




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Sent: Saturday, 3 February, 2024 4:36 PM
To: Canberrabirds
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] FW: Grants ideas


Yes indeed, Martin. The migration occurred particularly from the Canberra region in winter. 

I observed the same pattern with this taxon when I lived in Darwin as well as PNG.

Best wishes - David 


On 29 Jan 2024, at 11:08 am, Martin Butterfield via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

In the past, Servus publicus was a frequent annual migrant between Canberra and various parts of PNG.




On Mon, 29 Jan 2024 at 10:18, ben milbourne via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

Thanks Geoffrey for your response 


Why New Guinea?  Are there particular species which move between the COG AOI and there?


Cheers,  Ben


From: Canberrabirds <> on behalf of Geoffrey Dabb via Canberrabirds <>
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2024 10:11:58 AM
To: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: [Canberrabirds] FW: Grants ideas


As an ‘ought to be’ question this raises whether relevance to conservation is necessary for a ‘top research need’.  Not only is so much unknown but perceptions change.  A few years ago determination of ‘subspecies’ status was important because ‘conserving subspecies is as important as conserving species’.  Now there is uncertainty, or at least different views, about what a subspecies is, so that ‘top research need’ is somewhat diminished, as I see it. As to being intrigued, I would list seasonal movement of species or populations between Australia and New Guinea. Not that the Canberra Birds Conservation Fund is likely to be asked to play  a role there.


From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of David McDonald (Personal)
Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2024 6:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Grants ideas


Ben’s query is an interesting one, and I look fwd to seeing your responses to it.


Although Ben referenced the Canberra Birds Conservation Fund in his question, just a reminder that the Fund welcomes applications for grants covering a range of activities that align with the Fund’s (and Canberra Birds’) environmental objectives, detailed at . While most of the applications received so far, hence most of the grants, have been for research, the Fund also welcome those focussing on education, conservation/biodiversity projects, etc. etc.


Best wishes – David



From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of ben milbourne via Canberrabirds
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2024 9:15 AM
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Grants ideas


Good morning,


Thank you David for your reminder over the weekend as to the opportunity to apply for grants from the Canberra Birds Conservation Fund; the accompanying list of previous programs was also helpful.


In light of being a relative new member of Canberra Birds, indeed a relative new birder, I am hoping to garner the experience of the COG membership.  Specifically, I am curious, in the years you have been birding, what would be some of the top research needs you believe ought to be given attention or investigated.  These could be new ideas, matters which deserve revisiting or following up on, or simply something which intrigues you.


Cheers, Ben

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