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BirdLife Echuca District aims to serve BirdLife members who live in north-central Victoria and southern New South Wales.
Our district covers Edward River Shire (Deniliquin-Conargo), Murray River Shire (Moama-Mathoura-Wakool-Barham), Campaspe Shire (Echuca-Rochester-Lockington), Gannawarra Shire (Kerang area), Loddon Shire, City of Greater Bendigo and surrounding areas.
THE DECEMBER 2018 EDITION OF 'PLAINS-WANDERER' NEWSLETTER CAN BE DOWNLOADED BY CLICKING NEWSLETTER BUTTON ABOVE. A HIGH RESOLUTION (21Mb) COPY MAY BE REQUESTED. The next edition is likely to be posted online and distributed during February 2019.
Note: The Deniliquin outing is now on SUNDAY 10TH February from 9am.
Coming outings and events
Time and place
|Early January 2019 (postponed due to heatwasve)
||Camp: Jingellic (via Holbrook NSW)
||See latest Plains-wanderer for information.
||David Ap-Thomas. Participants MUST book with BirdLife's national office. Fees apply.
||Map 31 C1
|Sunday 13th January 2019
||Early morning birding walk in Horseshoe Lagoon Bicentennial Park MOAMA
||7.50am at bridge end of elevated walkway over the lagoon.
||Map 596 J4 (Edition 7)
|A Friday in mid January
||Surveys: bird surveys along six transects within Terrick Terrick National Park
||7am, Terricks Day Visitor car park.
||Kelsey Tucker, DEWLP in conjunctiofn with Parks Victoria
Sunday 10th February 2019
Note change of day.
||8.50 (for 9am) at gateway to Island Sanctuary, Cressy Street, opposite Town Hall.
||MELWAY Map 921 G2 (not shown in VicRoads)
|Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th February
||Surveys: Quarterly Loddon Plains bird surveys
||James Nelsson, Loddon Plains Landcare Network
|Sunday 24th March
||Outing: Ruff property alongside Mt Black, WIRRATE
||8.50 for 9am walk from house, 174 Mount Black Quarry Road WIRRATE
||Rattana and Manfred Ruff
||Map 45 H6
||Camp: Clarkesdcale Bird Sanctuary, LINTON
||Details upon booking with BirdLife's national office
More information about forthcoming camps, outings and events is contained in our latest Plains-wanderer newsletter. Alternatively, click on the Coming Events button above.
Office bearers announced at AGM
The 2019 committee is as follows: Ben Goonan (Convener); Greg Turner (Secretary and Webmeister); Malcolm Cousland (Treasurer); Simon Starr (Conservation Officer); Mat Comer; Julia Hughes; Simon Smith and Wayne Wignall (Facebook Moderator).
Vale: Nancy Marriott
Early in 1992, BOC members Nancy Marriott and Jon Hosford were joined by three others for a walk alongside the lower Campaspe River. This outing is regarded as the first outing of what is now BirdLife Echuca District. In August 1992, following an outing to the Terricks forest, a meeting was held in a shelter alongside the Mitiamo football ground to elect office bearers for the remainder of 1992 and 1993. Nancy was elected Secretary, a post she was to retain for well over a decade. Nancy named the group Echuca and District Branch of the Bird Observers Club. The Bird Observers Club of Australia later became Bird Observation and Conservation Australia (BOCA). BOCA then merged with the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union to become BirdLife Australia. After the merger, only a small number of members resided in Echuca but members voted to retain the words "Echuca District" in the branch's name. Had it not been for Nancy's forethought and determination, our branch would not exist. An obituary can be downloaded by clicking here.
Loddon Plains surveys
The next series of bird surveys for the Loddon Plains Landcare Network are scheduled for February 2019. Keith S. invites members to assist him with surveys in Terrick Terrick National Park.
Moama (Horseshoe Lagoon) outing
The first outing for 2019 was an early morning walk in Horseshoe Lagoon Bicentennial Park, MOAMA. Attendees spent three hours birding in the reserve. Although a swamp that relies on town runoff was dry (due to drought conditions), well over 30 bird species were observed, including Square-tailed Kite (3). The session ended when it became hot about 11am - until then the weather was near-to-ideal.
On Saturday 6th October, a group of birders attended an early-morning birding session in a superb part of the Terricks Forest. All seats in the courtesy bus were filled, so a number of participants travelled in cars. 35 bird species were observed, nearly all of which were bush birds. Those who attended the Friends Weekend in Terrick Terrick National Park went on to observe even more bird species.
On Saturday 21st October, 11 members attended an outing in the Kamarooka Forest led by Scott Eaton. 63 bird species were observed.
Downloadable birding site guides
The branch has a number of birding site guides that can be downloaded from this site. These guides may assist birders who wish to visit our district. There is separate A4 brochure on each of the following areas: Barmah Forest, Mathoura-Gulpa Island, Terrick Terrick National Park,
Echuca Moama, Perricoota Road, Kanyapella-Wyuna, Kamarooka, Gunbower Island, Deniliquin, Bendigo, Cohuna, Kerang and Boort.
Unfortunately only copies of the Gunbower brochure are currently available, stocks of the Echuca brochure having been exhausted.
Members are invited to join our Facebook page and/or our district email sightings tree. To view our Facebook page, visit
https://www.facebook.com/groups/333219706876981/?ref=bookmarks or contact Wayne Wignall.
Make the most of your membership
District members who wish to be advised of forthcoming events by email should supply an email address to our branch secretary. Occasional email updates are sent, often at the beginning of a month. We also email members a copy of our quarterly newsletter, Plains-wanderer. Head office no longer mails our newsletter to district members.
This page was last updated 27th December 2018