BirdLife VIC Public Talk – Melbourne

This month’s speaker will be Kate Gorringe-Smith who will talk about
“The Overwintering Project: citizen science meets citizen art”.

The Overwintering Project is an environmental art project designed to raise awareness for migratory shorebirds and the habitat in Australia and New Zealand on which they rely. Due to advances largely in tracking technology, the last decade has shown amazing advances in knowledge about migratory shorebirds – the routes they fly on their migrations and the habitat they rely on throughout the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. These birds spend the greatest portion of their migratory cycles (October to May) on the shores of Australia and New Zealand – their non-breeding or overwintering habitat – which gives us a particular duty of care to preserve their habitat. The Overwintering Project invites artists around Australia and New Zealand to visit, and make a work or art in response to, their local migratory shorebird habitat. The project’s intention is to engage new audiences with these amazing birds and their habitat.

Kate Gorringe-Smith, the project’s instigator and co-ordinator, will talk about ways in which the project can engage new audiences with migratory shorebirds, and how art can be a powerful tool for conservation.

Where: Ground floor, 60 Leicester St, Carlton. Free parking out front.
When:7:30 pm Thursday 13th September 2018.

Organised by the BirdLife Victoria Group.



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