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28 October 2012 – Bird Identification Workshop

Posted on 7 October, 2012 by Connecting Country

As a part of Connecting Country’s Threatened Woodland Bird Programme, we are holding a workshop to introduce interested community members to the experience of “birding”.

Many people are passionate about the birds on their land, but either don’t have the confidence to identify them or don’t really know where to start to learn the skills needed for bird identification.  This workshop designed to provide a starting point, beginning with the basics of equipment and recording techniques, followed with an overview on how to identify groups of species and some individual birds; in particular those of conservation significance in the Mount Alexander region.

It is hoped that the skills provided during the workshop will encourage and inspire participants to get involved with the community monitoring programme being developed by Connecting Country, as well as encourage participation in the Annual Bird Count, run by BirdLife Australia (previously BOCA) and locally coordinated by the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club in December.

The important information

When: Sunday 28th October 2012, from 10am until early afternoon (though could go longer for those participants who wish to go further afield to test their new skills)

Where: The Old Tearooms, Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.  A map of the location is available here.

Who:  The workshop is being run by Dr Kerryn Herman, Connecting Country’s Woodland Bird Programme coordinator.  All interested persons are encouraged to come and “get their bird on”, however content will be directed towards an adult audience.  Bring your own binoculars if you have them, and wear shoes and clothes suitable for walking around parts of the botanic gardens (potentially including the woodland area on the other side of the waterway).

A light lunch will be provided, so please RSVP for catering purposes:, (03) 5472-1594.

To download a flier about this event click here. This workshop is run to coincide with National Bird Week

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