Outings of 2014

Outings & Events Calendar

Cancellation of outings due to forecast bad weather will be advised by email by 7.30 pm the evening previous to the outing.  Please send us your email address if you plan to attend and are not a regular attendee for whom we already have an email address.  If in doubt phone or email (tweedbirds@bigpond.com ) Convenor Linda Brannian on 0409 833 888

Starting time 7.30am (NSW time) for all outings

January to December, 2014

January: no monthly outing or meeting, but the weekly Thursday walk will continue in the Tweed Heads area. For information on location contact Laurel Allsopp on 07 5590 9254 or 0404 005 023

February 9: Schuster Park, Heather St, Tallebudgera.

Take Exit 89 from the Pacific Motorway and continue to traffic lights; turn right into Tallebudgera Creek Rd then left into Heather St.  Park in parking area.

 March 9: Wader sites at Ballina.

Low tide is at 10am, with a high tide at 4 pm.  We will meet at Lake Chickiba first, then visit Flat Rock, then possibly other sites along the Richmond River and North Creek.  Lake Chickiba is on Angels Beach Drive; park between the lake foreshore and the road.

 April 4 – 6: BirdLife Northern NSW Autumn Campout, Dubbo. 

The weekend will commence on Friday afternoon/evening with checkin for the Campout, the AGM and the Campout dinner. Saturday and Sunday will consist of organised tag-along bird outings in the surrounding region. Sunday evening we hope to have BYO-everything get-together to conclude the main part of the Campout, with a final bird call. Registrations close Friday 21 March. A registration form can be found at http://www.birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-northern-nsw/activities-nn/ , or can be requested by email (northernnsw@birdlife.org.au ). 

 April 13: Lismore

May 18: Stokers Siding. 

June 8: West Byron Wetlands

Take the Byron Bay exit from the Pacific Motorway. Follow Ewingsdale Rd until you come to the BP service station on the left. Turn left here onto Bayshore Drive and follow that road past retail/industrial units for about ½ km. The turnoff to the Wetlands will be on the left, follow that road and meet at the gates if locked; if gates are open drive in, take the first left turn and park in the parking area.  Scopes can be useful here.

July 13 – Chinderah Waste Water Treatment Plant, Altona Road, Chinderah

From the Tweed Coast Road, between Chinderah and Cudgen, take Crescent Street to the west, then turn into Altona Road and continue to the Water Treatment Plant and Sustainable Living Centre.  Park in the Centre’s parking area.  Waterproof footwear recommended against long wet grass.  Morning tea and meeting will be held on the river front at Turnock Park, cnr Chinderah Rd and Chinderah Bay Drive.

August 10 – Vallances Road BBB survey site, (Mullumbimby STW)

Vallances Rd turns east from Coolamon Scenic Drive, just north of Mullumbimby.  Coolamon Scenic Drive can be accessed from Billinudgel by turning south (take Brunswick Valley Way, not the Freeway),  or from Mullumbimby by driving through the town and turning north.  At Vallances Rd., drive to the end of the sealed road and meet at the Sewage Treatment Works compound initially before driving into the site.  Byron Council requests that all gates are to be left as found.

Note: there are no public toilets available; scopes can be useful for the lagoon area.

September 14 – Hastings Point coastal and heathland birds

 Take the Tweed Coast Road to Hastings Point.  Meet at the car park immediately south of the bridge over Cudgera Creek.  Low tide at 6.54am may allow some wader sightings,  and  local heathland tracks will be visited.

Sunday 5 October NSW daylight saving starts

October 10th to 12th/13th – BirdLife Northern NSW Spring Campout, Iluka

Register NOW – registrations close on Sunday, September 21st. A registration form can be found in the Downloads at http://www.birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-northern-nsw/activities-nn , or can be requested by emailing Jenny MacKay at: jalminca@westnet.com.au.

For any queries about the BirdLife Campout see BirdLife link above, or if you require additional information, please contact Jenny MacKay (02 6629 1547 / jalminca@westnet.com.au ) or Anne Jones (02 6629 1475 /jones.oz@gmail.com ).

October 19 – Glossy Black Cockatoo survey day.

More information will become available closer to the date; see either Glossy Black Conservancy website, or websites for Tweed and Byron Councils.

October 25-26 – Australasian Bird Fair,Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park

The 2014 Australasian Bird Fair will be the first large-scale bird and wildlife event of its kind in Australasia. By all early indications it will be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. See   www.birdfair.com.au

November 9 –  Uki

December 14 – Brunswick River with Byron Eco-cruises



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