Archive:   Birds

Last Updated  14/2/09



Swift Parrots Desperately Need Your Help

(6/10/08 - E)  Tasmanian habitat of significant, endangered species about to be cleared for plantations

Click here for information, and advice about what you can do



Latest "Swifts Across The Strait" Newsletter - Swift Parrots, That Is

(1/5/08 - E)  This fantastic newsletter is always a 'must see'...

Click here to go to the newsletter. Note: this is a large (1mb) file.

There is also now a Swift Parrot DVD which may be viewed through the internet at and search for 'swift parrot'.



2008 Endangered Bird Species Surveys - Can You Help?

(1/5/08 - E) Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot survey weekends, May and August

Click here for more information.



Threatened Bird Network Alert

(7/8/07 - E) Volunteers needed for Box-Ironbark research project - Monitoring Bird Species

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Australian Wildlife Conservancy Calls For Volunteers for Scotia Bird Surveys

(12/7/07 - E)   Surveys from 9 to 30 September: does this sound like you?



The Australian Wildlife Conservancy is organising bird surveys at Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary in far-west NSW. There will be 3 x 1 week sessions from 9 to 30 September. The main targets will be the Black-eared Miners and the Malleefowl. Detailed knowledge of Black-eared Miner populations in the sanctuary are important for the ongoing relocation program, and it will also be a good opportunity to map the Malleefowl mounds and record the presence of other mallee species. 


Volunteers should have reasonable identification skills with mallee birds, and some experience reading colour bands in the field would be an advantage, but not essential. The work will mainly involve traversing a 5km transect each morning using GPS - but there will be plenty of free time to enjoy the area and its birds - also the populations of endangered marsupials in the extensive feral-proof enclosures. Motel-style accommodation is provided, and there is assistance with food costs.

For answers to queries, and an application form, contact Richard Jordan at or Ph (02) 6655 9456.


Birds Australia

Suite 2-05, 60 Leicester Street

Carlton VIC 3053


Ph 1300 730 075



National Swift Parrot Survey Is On Again, 4 & 5 August

(12/7/07 - E)  Download the survey sheet to record your sightings

Click here for information and a link to access a survey sheet.



Latest News On Victoria's Grey-Crowned Babbler Project

(29/5/07 - E)  Babbler Newsletter

These endangered birds, the relevance (and impacts) of climate change on Victorian species, and what we can do to help stop our own wildlife from 'going over the cliff' are featured in this newsletter.  Victorian National Parks Association, and a Victoria Naturally alliance, are key players on this project.  You can help by supporting Victoria Naturally and VNPA, which has also produced Vision For The Future swap cards.  Check it out (and if you can, please get involved) by going to 


Click here to see the newsletter "Park Watch Special Feature" and here for the 'occasional' Grey-Babbler Newsletter "Yahoo, Yahoo".  (MRRA Note: Apologies in advance for the poor quality of some photos in the Park Watch newsletter.  It was shipped to us as a PDF file and, sadly, doesn't seem to have travelled well.)



Latest edition of the Swift Parrot newsletter: "Swifts across the straight"

(29/5/07 - E)  Fantastic newsletter (12 pages!), talking about these endangered birds and what people are doing to help them survive.  Includes a list of upcoming events.

Click here to see the newsletter.



"Birds Australia" Are Running Free Lectures

(17/4/07 - E)  Fire management in National and State parks, Hooded Plover and Superb Parrot are on the agenda

Birds Australia are running free lectures in Melbourne on some fairly important subjects.  Here's the lecture schedule:


10th May "Fire Management Issues in National and State Parks." Liam Fogarty, Department of Sustainability and Environment.


14th June "Hooded Plover Project." Grainne Maguire, Birds Australia National Project.


12th July "Superb Parrot Recovery Plan in NSW and Victoria, and local conservation and volunteer activities." Rolf Weber DSE and Sue Logie, volunteer.


For more information, contact:


Doris Graham,

Deputy Convenor and Acting Convenor,

Phone/Fax 9482 2112



Birds Australia

Suite 2-05, 60 Leicester Street

Carlton VIC 3053


Ph 1300 730 075