The role of amateurs in avian research

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Subject: The role of amateurs in avian research
From: David Geering <>
Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 08:29:38 +1100

A last minute reminder for those that might be interested.

The Australian Bird Study Association will be holding a symposium based on
the theme "The Role of Amateurs in Avian Research on 4 March 2000 (program
at  the end of this e-mail).  The venue will be at CSIRO, Clunies Ross
Street,  Prospect in western Sydney.  A registration fee of $20- (payable on
the day) covers morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch.  An informal BBQ to be
held after the meeting for a cost of $5.
N.B. There will be no other food facilities near the venue. A large variety
of food is catered for on the day. 
Field trips to Scheyville and Castlereagh Nature Reserves will be conducted
on Sunday 5 March with opportunities for bird watching and assisting with
bird banding.
Travelling by train and/or bus.
Westbus 700 (to Parramatta) leaves Blacktown Station on Saturday at 8.50am
(arrives at cnr of Blacktown Road and the Great Western Highway at 9.05).
The next Blacktown leaves at 9.50 which arriving at 10.05 which is a little
late to walk down to the Division.
Westbus 700 (to Blacktown) leaves Parramatta Station at 8.30 am or 9.30am
arriving cnr Blacktown Road and the Great Western Highway(GWH) at 8.50 and
9.50.  From the bus stop cross the GWH via the lights and proceed down
Clunies Ross Street.  Allow a 10 minute walk down Clunies Ross Street to the
Travelling by car.
Proceeding along the GWH turn into Clunies Ross Street at the lights at the
junction of Blacktown Road and the GWH.  The Prospect Hotel is on one corner
of the intersection. If travelling via the M4 in either direction, take the
Blacktown exit onto the Prospect Highway - turn into Stodart Road - left at
Rowood Road - right into Blacktown road - proceed into Clunies Ross Street.
If travelling by the M2 proceed along Seven Hills Road - Ellam Drive -
Blacktown Road - Clunies Ross Street.
9:00 - 10:00          REGISTRATION, MORNING TEA, POSTERS. 
10:00 - 10:10  WELCOME
10:10 - 10:40  Mike Clarke; "Only amateurs, you must be joking!" (incl:
amateur involvement in the breeding biology and ecology of Australian birds,

in particular threatened species).
10:40 - 11:10  Durno Murray; Why do Wanderer's Wander?
11:10 - 11:40  Andrew Fischer;  Amateurs, Academics and Avifauna; Insights
from the Bathurst Birds Project.
11:40 - 11:55  Judy Harrington;  Bird Database at Bicentennial Park
12:00 - 13:00  LUNCH
13:05 - 13:30  Tony Saunders; Community Participation in Avian Research. 
13:30 - 13:45  Cherie Sammut; Castlereagh Nature Reserve
13:45 - 14:15  Colin Rich;  Co-operative Sites: What are they good for? 
14:15 - 14:35  Steve Debus; Publishing Bird Studies.
14:35 - 14:55  Judie Pete; Our Woodland Birds are Disappearing.
15:00 - 15:25  AFTERNOON TEA
15:30 - 15:50  Iain Patterson; A Survey of Habitat Use by Regent Honeyeaters
and other nectar-feeding birds in the Capertee Valley, NSW
15:50 - 16:05  Dariel Larkin; Notes on the Breeding Biology of the Grey
Butcherbird, Sth Turramurra 1972-1974.
16:05 - 16:25  Dick Cooper; N.S.W. Bird Atlas
16:25  - 16:45  Janice Hoskings; Glossy Black Cockatoos
17:00 - 17:45  ABSA AGM.

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