BIGNET Meeting and Wader Workshop

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Subject: BIGNET Meeting and Wader Workshop
From: Phil Rankin <>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 06:47:59 -0500
        Hunter Bird Observers Club Inc.
P.O. Box 24, New Lambton, N.S.W. 2305
Telephone: (02) 4958 5942

Workshop: Migratory Waders in the Hunter Estuary
Saturday March 24 1:30 - 6.00 pm
Wetlands Centre Shortland

A workshop is to be held on Saturday March 24 to discuss the deteriorating
habitats for migratory waders in the Hunter Estuary and the possible
responses that are being or that could be adopted.  The workshop is being
held in conjunction with a meeting in Newcastle over March 24/25 of
representatives of the major bird interest groups of NSW, hosted by Hunter
Bird Observers Club.

The workshop will be of interest to all persons and organisations with an
interest in the environmental health and biodiversity of the lower Hunter
estuary.  Significant numbers of migratory waders return each year to the
Hunter, but numbers are declining and many small waders are now only rarely

Introduction    Alan Stuart (President, HBOC)
Significance of Hunter Estuary in SE Asia-Australasian Flyway   Mick Murphy
Wader Monitoring in the Hunter Estuary  Liz Herbert (HBOC)
Hunter Estuary Wader Habitats   Chris Herbert (HBOC)
KWRP Migratory Wader Habitat Restoration        Peggy Svoboda
(Kooragang Wetlands Rehabilitation Project)
Birds Australia Project on Ash Island   Alan Morris (Birds Australia)
Managing Mangroves in Wader Habitats    Phil Straw (NSW Wader Studies
Encroachment of Mangroves on NSW Coast  Prof Neil Saintilan (Aust Catholic
Panel Discussion        All speakers

For those interested in obtaining a geographical overview, the workshop
will be preceded by a morning inspection of the estuary, from 8.00 a.m. to
10.30 a.m. when several key sites will be visited.

All interested parties are invited to attend and participate in this
important workshop.  Please confirm your attendance by emailing Tom Clarke
at  or by phoning 4951 3872 (Tom Clarke) or
(0438) 528 569 (Alan Stuart).

Phillip Rankin
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