Sound Recording in the wild

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Subject: Sound Recording in the wild
From: Howard & Jill Plowright <>
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2007 11:31:45 +1000


This group is holding a workshop for recordists, experienced or beginners, from 1-6 October 2007 at Utopia Environment Reserve Pty Ltd (UER). Details of Utopia are appended below.

The group is indeed fortunate to have both Don Kroodsma and Greg Budney, of ornithological fame in the United States, attending at the beginning of the week. Don Kroodsma is giving a keynote address and all in all the week has an interesting program of talks interspersed with ample time for sound recording.

We are happy to accommodate people for the entire week or on a daily/overnight basis. All financial enquiries to Howard Plowright, and Tony Baylis at Utopia would be happy to discuss accommodation if anyone wishes to attend. (details from Howard Plowright)

UER is located c.70km W. of Maryborough in SE Qld.  It was established 31 years ago when the former dairy farm was purchased.  It’s 1300 acres  adjoins Mount Walsh N.P.  Today much of UER is forested with areas of mature Eucalypt and Wattle interspersed with regrowth of various ages.  There are a few pockets of vine/rain forest in some of the larger gullies.  There are a number of small dams scattered through UER.  The adjoining NP is a small range with the highest point being 711mtr.  The NP is a wilderness area and consequently has very little easy access.  There is 1 path from UER to an area called the Rock pools, very scenic and about 45min easy to moderate walk.  The only other access is at the Bluff at Biggenden and that involves a strenuous walk.  However as UER is at the end of the public road there is no through traffic..  With 16km of tracks through UER, all walkable and some accessible by conventional vehicle, there is plenty of scope for recording.  The current bird list is at 132sp. (this replaces the previous list of c.180sp. which was lost in a fire).  There are a number of other animals including gliders, possums, wallabies, dingos, etc, and a probably isolated population of Pebble-mound mice. 


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