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

Pacific Golden-plover satellite tracking study

QWSG and the Port of Brisbane have placed 2 satellite transmitters (or PTT’s) on Pacific Golden-plover with a further two to be deployed before the northward migration starts. See here to find out more and see what these birds are doing as the data comes in and is processed.

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.

Wader ID Days

Saturday 14 January 2017 at Kakadu (Banksia) Beach roost Bribie Island – UBD Map 52 J5

2.64 m high tide at 10:56.  Meeting time 09:30 onwards. 

We are hoping that the king tide will help produce a variety of birds at this roost as the large tide should push the waders off other roosts.

Take the Bruce Highway north from Brisbane and take the Bribie Island exit.  Continue on this road to Bribie Island and follow the signs to Banksia Beach.  When you arrive at the T-junction at Banksia Beach turn left and after a short distance turn right into the car park for the roost.  A bird hide is positioned at both ends of the roost.

Amenities:  At the T-junction at Banksia Beach the toilet block is directly opposite.

Bring morning tea (and lunch for those keen wader enthusiasts), 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.

If you have any questions or are planning to attend an ID day, please contact the leaders.

Leaders: Phil & Linda Cross 5495 2758.  Linda’s mobile: 0490 080 340.

Saturday 4 February 2017 at Manly Harbour

1.97 m high tide at 14:58.  Meeting time 14:45. 

This is your chance to access the wader roost at Manly Harbour.  Meet at the end of Davenport Dr, south of the Royal Queensland Yacht Clubhouse, Manly. 

QWSG has a licence over the wader roost. Under the conditions of the licence, participants in this field trip will be required to sign a form acknowledging responsibility for their own health and safety, including:

       wearing protective clothing at all times (for example, hat, shoes, sunglasses) and using sunscreen

       drinking water to avoid dehydration

       using insect repellant if necessary

       telling a group leader about any health issues that may affect taking part in the field trip

       if feeling unwell, or concerned about someone else being unwell, immediately telling a group leader or another participant

       immediately telling a group leader or another participant about any injury suffered (including a slip, trip, fall and snake bite) or hazard that may cause injury to someone.

Participants must wear enclosed footwear and, as we are likely to be on site for up to 2 hours, must have enough drinking water.

Anyone who does not comply with these conditions will not be allowed to enter the site or asked to leave.

The gate will be locked after we enter the site and late arrivals will not be able to enter.

If you have any questions or are planning to attend an ID day, please contact the leaders. As numbers are kept at a reasonable level, you are advised to book early.

Leaders: Arthur and Sheryl Keates 3843 1874.

Saturday 4 March 2017 at Toorbul

1.99 m high tide at 13:39 (plus 30 minutes later for Toorbul – 14:09).  Meeting time 13:00 onwards.

Take the Bruce Highway north from Brisbane to 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 of the left.

Amenities:  At the T-junction turn left and 200 metres ahead is the toilet block and shop.

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.

If you have any questions or are planning to attend an ID day, please contact the leaders.

Leaders: Phil & Linda Cross 5495 2758.  Linda’s mobile: 0490 080 340.

Saturday 1 April 2017 at Toorbul

2.03 m high tide at 12:36 (plus 30 minutes later for Toorbul – 13:06).  Meeting time 12 noon  onwards.

Take the Bruce Highway north from Brisbane to 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 of the left.

Amenities:  At the T-junction turn left and 200 metres ahead is the toilet block and shop.

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.

If you have any questions or are planning to attend an ID day, please contact the leaders.

Leaders: Phil & Linda Cross 5495 2758.  Linda’s mobile: 0490 080 340.

Surveys

Watch this space for surveys in 2017.

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 he 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.

Proposed dates for the coming season are below:-

Saturday 28/01/2017 1.98m@22:02 Geoff Skinner, Wellington Point – Mist Netting

Saturday 04/02/2017 1.95m@14:25 Port of Brisbane – Cannon Netting

Saturday 11/02/2017 2.03m@22:02 Manly Marina – Mist Netting

Sunday 12/02/2017 2.55m@10:33 Venue TBA – Cannon Netting

Sunday 26/02/2017 2.49m@09:31 Venue TBA – Cannon Netting

Saturday 11/03/2017 2.12m@21:14 Geoff Skinner, Wellington Point – Mist Netting

Sunday 12/03/2017 2.46m@09:31 Venue TBA – Cannon Netting

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 wither Birds Queensland or the Queensland Wader Study Group.