Hello All Bird Conservationists:

‘Wings on King’ will be running surveys of shared sites on the 27-28th April, King Island, with orientation and group formation on the evening of Thursday 26th. This is an important project, monitoring the birds of King Island with repeated surveys over 50 Shared Sites with all data being entered into Birdata. We are always short of experienced birders, particularly with Tasmanian bird experiences who are willing to lead small survey groups and help teach locals how to bird. Registrations for Autumn Surveys are now open and we would love to see you here. But you do need to book accomodation and flights well before time so if you are interested, get onto it now.

On the Saturday evening after a casual dinner, there will be a showing of the new documentary ’The “Desperate Plight of the Orange Bellied Parrot” made by David Neilsen and Snowgum Films. This will be followed by a Forum with an expert panel to discuss conservation of our King Island endemic species and how we can achieve this. You may not be aware that the next most likely bird extinction in Australia is the King Island Brown Thornbill, but 3 of our other 9 subspecies are also listed as endangered including the King Island Scrubtit that is Critically Endangered. So we have some very real and difficult issues to manage here, with very few people on the ground to do it, so we do need help from other bird lovers – please.

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