June 2019 - A Celebration of Lake Wollumboola
Frances Bray, President of the Lake Wollumboola Protection Association was presented with her well-deserved BirdLife Australia Distinguished Service Award by the President of BirdLife Shoalhaven, Rob Dunn, at the "Celebration of Lake Wollumboola" event at the Culburra Beach Surf Club on June 23rd.
The BirdLife Australia Distinguished Service Award is a formal acknowledgement of the enormous contribution to Birdlife Australia and its predecessor organisations made by its members. It is awarded to a range of members every year.
The Award was established in 2005 by Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA) as part of its Centenary to acknowledge outstanding service to BOCA – the BOCA Distinguished Service Award. BOCA and Birds Australia merged in 2012 to become BirdLife Australia, which is continuing the tradition of this award.
The event included a "Welcome to Country" by Delia Lowe, who gave us insights into the importance of Lake Wollumboola from an Aboriginal perspective. Kerryn Stephens then gave a slide presentation on the ecological systems and hydrology of the Lake. Rob Pallin, son of Paddy, former NPWS Advisory Council and long-term friend of Frances, then spoke of the achievements of Frances and the Lake Wollumboola Protection Association before the official presentation of the award.
Frances then spoke about the importance of the lake locally, nationally and internationally, and she told us the history of the struggle to save the Lake and its birds which has been ongoing for almost thirty years.
At the conclusion of the official presentations, afternoon tea, coffee, cake and biscuits were enjoyed by all!
More photos of the event can be viewed on our Flickr page.
March 2019 - Give a Dam
BirdLife Shoalhaven and the National Parks Association co-hosted a special screening of the new conservation film "GIVE A DAM" at Huskisson on Friday March 1st.
The film deals with the many conservation issues that surround the proposal to add to the height of the Warragamba Dam wall, thus flooding a major area of associated valleys. This will adversely affect the catchment, national parks, Aboriginal heritage, World Heritage areas in the Blue Mountains, and potentially harm critically endangered birdlife including the Regent Honeyeater.
The evening was hosted by the BirdLife Shoalhaven Conservation Officer Chris Grounds, and had three special guest speakers - Justin Field (member of the NSW Legislative Council for the Greens), Pat Thompson (Board Member of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, and the editor of the New Bush Telegraph), and Brigette Nairn (President of the Milton-Uladulla Branch of the National Parks Association).
October 2018 - the 2018 Bird Haven Festival
Dr Jackie Nguyen, an avian paleontologist at the Australian Museum, gave a presentation about the evolution of Australian birds and what the fossil record tells us about Australia's weird and wonderful bird life.
Harry Saddler was interviewed about his new book, The Eastern Curlew. Eastern Curlews are the largest of all the world's shorebirds. The Eastern Curlew occurs only in our flyway, and about 75 per cent of the world's curlews winter in Australia, so we have a particular responsibility to protect coastal wetlands for them.
Yolande Cozijn, Rob Dunn and Chris Grounds from BirdLife Shoalhaven gave talks on appreciating and protecting the birds of the Shoalhaven including the migratory shorebirds that visit the Heads, as well as Birds in Backyards.
We showed the movie "Chasing Birds" which follows three teams - the Hunter Thickheads, the Hunter Home-Brewers and the Whacked Out Woodswallows as they complete in an annual Twitchathon, trying to spot as many bird species as possible in 24 hours.