Dick Veitch lecture hosted by the Victorian Wader Study Group, Birds Au

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From: "Bruce Roubin" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 21:46:06 +1000

From: Roz Jessop [
Sent: Monday, 29 August 2005 5:40 PM
To: VWSG Updates
Subject: Talk by Dick Veitch


Dear VWSG member,
It is not often that an international wader specialist and world renowned
conservationist comes to Melbourne.

But, next week, Dick Veitch, New Zealander, rock climber, wader specialist, mist netter,
naturalist and conservationist will be here.  Dick has worked all over the world including the Galapagos Islands and the Caribbean advising on programmes for the recovery of endangered endemic species.

Dick was part of the 4 man team whose innovative experiments involving him abseiling with 50 percent of  the last 5 Black Robins in existence in his back-pack down 200m rock cliffs to translocate them  from a tiny island, virtually a rock stack, to better habitat.  This, with cross-fostering has
rescued these unique birds from the brink of extinction, and is a fascinating story of courage, determination, good science and many skills.


Dick has agreed to share some of these escapades with us we have arranged that he gives a special lecture on 
SEPTEMBER,  7.30 FOR 8pm
45 Talbot Avenue,
Balwyn,   3103   MEL 46 E8.

This is a very pleasant venue and light refreshments will follow the talk,
with time to meet and chat with Dick and others attending. We are hoping for
a goodly number of attendees, so why not take time out to be inspired by
Dick's tales of  this sentinel experience and others of his many adventures
in ornithology during his 40 year career in conservation and management of
endangered species from and to offshore islands, particularly in New
Zealand.   He made major inputs into the ecological restoration of many islands and the
population management of the Black Robin, Saddleback, Stitchbird, Black
Stilt and Kakapo. Recent reports indicate that similar techniques have now
re-established one of New Zealand's rarest shorebirds, the threatened NZ
Shore Plover.

Dick continues his conservation work, particularly with migratory
waders/shorebirds on the East Asian-Australasian and American Flyways.

To cover hire of hall and light refreshments we are asking for a gold coin
on admission.

This lecture is hosted by the Victorian Wader Study Group, Birds Australia,
Bird Observers Club of Australia, Birds Australia- Victoria and the
Australasian Wader Studies Group.

Hope to meet you and your friends on the 6th.

It would be handy if you could let Doris know you are coming so numbers for catering can be determined but you are welcome to rock upon the night.


See you there, Pete, Roz and Doris

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