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What’s Happening at QWSG over the next few months?

Fieldwork

The monthly count programme happens all year round, have a look at the count page for dates and if your interested in getting involved contact the Count Coordinator  for more information.

The count dates for  our count program are published on the count program page. Please note we are desperately short of counters so if you’re interested and can commit a little time each month to count a site, or act as a backup for a site please get in touch, we really need your help and Linda Cross would love to hear from you.

Banding occurs regularly, from October to February, at a range of sites. This is always subject to weather so dates are only arranged at relatively short notice. Please contact Jon Coleman if you are interested in coming along to help out with banding and see below for more information.

Please do note that much of our fieldwork involves access to private land and also permits to conduct work in many cases. As a result we do have to consider insurance and also access and permit restrictions when inviting new members along.  This means, that although normally we love to involve new people, it can sometimes take a while before we can do so.

Far-Eastern Curlew and Whimbrel tracking

For updates on the migration tracking of these two species please use this link to see regular updates as the birds are tracked on their migration north.

**NEW** The latest movements our Godwits and Whimbrel are now available on the above link**.

All other tracking data for previous years can be accessed from the links on This Page

Wader ID Days

Tuesday 12 March 2019 at Toorbul

High tide at 12.47pm (plus 30 minutes later for Toorbul 1:17pm), with a height of 1.96m.  Meeting time 11.45am.

Take the Bruce Highway north from Brisbane to the Donnybrook/Toorbul exit. Turn off here and head east over the highway overpass.  Continue on this road to Toorbul.   Turn right at the T-junction then first left and then right, which brings you onto the Esplanade.  Follow this road to the end (approximately 2kms); we will be on the left.

Bring water, food and a chair.  It is a good idea to have a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Most importantly bring your binoculars or telescopes.  Hopefully we can provide the answers to all your questions.

Please contact any of the following people if you have any questions.  Phil & Linda Cross 5495 2758.   Linda’s mobile: 0490 080 340

Surveys ** NEW **

QWSG committee have decided to once again undertake surveys of both Mackay and the Great Sandy Strait. All members and interested wader counters are welcome to participate in either or BOTH surveys.

The proposed dates are as follows:

Mackay survey: 26 – 27 October 2019.

Great Sandy Strait survey: date to be selected (early in 2020).

Interested participants please contact Peter Driscoll, Peter Rothlisberg or Linda Cross for details.

Peter Driscoll – email: pdwaes@gmail.com   or   phone: 0418 212 627.

Peter Rothlisberg – email: Peter.Rothlisberg@csiro.au or phone: 3822 3759   Mobile: 0419 702 674

Linda – email: xenus69@bigpond.com  or phone: 54952758   Mobile: 0490 080 340

Accommodation and transport costs during both surveys will be provided by QWSG. In Mackay, air flights and most food costs will also be covered for participants. We need counters to undertake each survey efficiently, but always appreciate more counters if interested. Participants do not need to be experienced and are most welcome. They will be partnered with experienced counters, although final numbers may be limited by funds and resources to transport and accommodate people.

For the GSS survey, vehicle fuel costs travelling to and from the survey will also be reimbursed.

Wader Counts

As a group we count every month of the year and are always looking for new counters, particularly so at the moment. Contact the count coordinator if you’re interested in getting involved. Please note you need to be a member of the group for insurance purposes. Take a look at the count program page and contact our count coordinatorr if you would like to be involved

Wader Banding

QWSG have a program of shorebird banding throughout the year and we welcome helpers who want to come along, assist, learn about banding and potentially get involved in banding longer term.

Numbers may be limited so anyone wishing to attend must ensure they have spoken to the organiser before trying at attend. If you are interested in helping out please contact Jon Coleman at Jon Coleman for more information. For insurance purposes you will need to be a member of either Birds Queensland or the Queensland Wader Study Group.

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