BA Public Lecture

Subject: BA Public Lecture
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2005 10:19:46 +1100
Hi Birders,

Just a quick note to let you know that the next Melbourne public lecture
of Birds Australia is on Thursday 8 December at 8:00 pm. As our guest
speaker we have one of Australia's leading birders and ornithological
researchers, Dr Rohan Clarke. Rohan?s talk is entitled ?Mallee birds in
decline: What's fuelling the fire??

Mallee areas in north-western Victoria are home to a number of
threatened bird species including the Mallee Emu-wren, Red-lored
Whistler, Malleefowl and
Striated Grasswren. Rohan has been conducting research on these and
other threatened species in this region for the past decade. His
presentation will focus on
what the birds need, the threats that they currently face and how one
might reduce or remove these threats to ensure the best outcome for the
birds. The talk will be
held at our usual venue: down stairs at the theatrette at Strathcona BG
Grammar School, Scott St, Canterbury, Melbourne (Melways. Ref. 46, D12).

For anyone who missed Chris Lester?s excellent talk on the birds of
Kenya at our November public lecture, the good news is that he will be
giving a similar talk to
the Bird Observers Club of Australia in March. For further information
please email BOCA at 

I would also like to draw your attention to the excellent work currently
being done by Richard Alcorn in upgrading and automating the Birdline
Victoria website.
Birdline Victoria, originally set up through the initiatives of Stuart
Cooney (currently undertaking research into Hooded Parrot), is the
Victorian web site for reporting
rare and unusual bird sightings. To report your sightings please visit

Finally I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Joan
Sandbrink. Joan has for many years been working tirelessly for the bird
conservation and
research. With funding from BA-Vic and through the co-operation of many
volunteers, Joan has managed the Rushworth Bird Banding Project - a
project designed
to uncover seasonal and annual use of the Australian bush by migratory
and resident birds, see All
in the birding
community will dearly miss Joan.


Tim Dolby

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