Birds Australia Members Day, Hobart 31 May 2003

Subject: Birds Australia Members Day, Hobart 31 May 2003
From: Eric Woehler <>(by way of Hugo Phillipps <>)
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 10:54:20 +1000
Update on Birds Australia Members Day & AGM, Hobart 31 May 2003
Hello everyone,

As you may be aware, the 2003 Birds Australia Members' Day & AGM will be
held on Saturday 31 May at the Geography Dept, University of Tasmania, with
outings scheduled for the following two days; the campus is approximately
3km from the city centre.

Members of Birds Australia will have received a brochure for the Members'
Day and AGM with Wingspan. The Members' Day is open to non-members of Birds
Australia. The theme of the meeting is 'Threats to, and conservation of
Australasian Birds'. Two keynote and 10 speakers, poster presentations and
the launch of the SE Australian Seabird Atlas will combine to make for an
informative and enjoyable day. In addition, a number of one-day outings
have been organised for the following two days to showcase Tasmania's birds
and their habitats. An informal dinner will be held on the Saturday evening
to close the day.

Please consider this email as an invitation to attend the Members' Day &
AGM, dinner and to participate in the outings.

Please make your travel and accommodation arrangements with Fiona Russell
at Travel & Cruise. Travel and Cruise are sponsoring the 2003 Members Day &
AGM, and we encourage you to support them.

Fiona can be contacted on 03 6223 7466 or email  <>

Agenda for the Members' Day:

Birds Australia 2003 Members¹ Day

9:00  Welcome: Dr Eric Woehler, Chair Birds Tasmania
9:05  Opening: Professor Henry Nix, President Birds Australia

9:15 Keynote: Dr Mike Weston, Birds Australia
9:35 Martine Maron ­ Conservation value to birds of fragmented Buloke woodland
9:55 Andrew Huggett ­ Conservation of declining WA wheatbelt birds
10:15 Sally Bryant ­ Management of Tasmania¹s threatened birds

10:35 ­ 11:00 Morning Tea

11:00 Mark Holdsworth ­ Impacts of windfarms
11:20 Chris Tzaros - The Swift Parrot as an umbrella and flagship species
for woodlands
11:40 Andrew Hingston ­ Competition between introduced bees and Swift Parrots
12:00 Richard Donaghey ­ Declining birds in rural King Island and northwest

12:20 ­ 1:30 Lunch

1:30 Keynote: Dr Cath Meathrell, Latrobe Uni
2:00  Caryn Stevenson ­ Population decrease in Little Penguins in Tasmania
2:20  Bianca Priest ­ WWF shorebird project
2:40  Myles Mackintosh ­ Inbreeding depression and population bottlenecks
3:00 Launch of SE Australia Seabird Atlas
3:15 Closure and thanks: Dr Eric Woehler, Chair Birds Tasmania

3:15 ­ 3:45 Afternoon Tea

3:45 ­ 5:30 Birds Australia Annual General Meeting

The following one-day outings have been organised:

Seabird trip - subject to weather. If delayed, we will attempt a trip on
Tuesday 3 June. An opportunity to see albatrosses, petrels and possibly
some Southern Ocean seabirds. Cost $95

Coffee Creek ­ an excellent site 15km south of Hobart, rapidly becoming
known for dry sclerophyll birds. Cost approximately $30

Fern Tree & Waterworks ­ Hobart¹s Mt Wellington is well known for its
excellent bird watching. Cost approximately $30

Botanical Gardens & Domain ­ a relaxing venue within walking distance of
the city. Cost ­ nil.

Maria Island National Park ­ just off the East coast, Maria Island has
excellent birding sites within easy walking distance of the ferry landing,
includes ferry fare and park entry fees. Note: pedestrian access only. Cost
approximately $90 (details to be finalised)

Bruny Island ­ a tour of Bruny I under the expert guidance of Dr Tonia
Cochrane (Inala Tours), includes bus hire, ferry fare and a lunch. Cost $90

Tasman Peninsula ­ an excellent day¹s birding on the historic Tasman
Peninsula. Cost approximately $90 (details to be finalised)

Orange-bellied Parrot captive breeding facility ­ visit the facility and
learn of the recovery efforts undertaken. Cost approximately $20 (details
to be finalised)

Note: costs are approximate unless specified.

                Registration form:

Name(s) _________________________________

Address  ________________________________


Phone & Email  ____________________________


Registration Fee: $45 (Birds Australia members & nonmembers), $25
(non-presenting students). Registration includes morning & afternoon teas
and a light lunch.

Dinner. An informal dinner at a local restaurant is planned for Saturday
evening (estimated cost $30 pp). Please indicate number attending _________

Outings. Please indicate the outing(s) in which you wish to participate,
the date(s) [either Sunday 1 June or Monday 2 June] and number(s) of

Seabird trip
Coffee Creek
Fern Tree & Waterworks
Botanical Gardens & Domain
Maria Island National Park
Bruny Island
Tasman Peninsula
OBP Captive Breeding Facility

Please send payment (registration and outings) by cheque no later than 30
April 2003. Please make cheques payable to "Birds Tasmania" and cross "Not

Please send this form with your cheque to:

The Treasurer, Birds Tasmania,
GPO Box 68, Hobart 7000 TASMANIA

Further Information: Please contact Don Jones (B Tas Secretary)
phone: 03 6239 1155 (evenings only).

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you all in Hobart soon!
All best & safe travels

Dr Eric J Woehler
Chair, Birds Tasmania
GPO Box 68 Hobart TASMANIA 7001

ph  03 6223 1980 (h)
ph 0438 204 565 (mob)


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