April education activities

About thirty people from the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria enjoyed a presentation by Stuart Dashper on 1 April, entitled ‘Taiwan: The Beautiful Isle’.

Golo Maurer was assisted with birding activities by Isabel Ebsworth and Krysia Nowak on 3 April, at the Jawbone Reserve Williamstown with the 5/6 students of St Mary’s Parish Primary School, Williamstown.

On the 6 April Jenny Frohlich and Geoff Deason assisted the Friends of Blackburn Lake Sanctuary with their bird survey.

On the 9 April I gave a PowerPoint presentation on ‘Same bird, different feathers’, to some ladies from the Maryville Hostel, Boronia on their visit to Blackburn Lake. This was followed by the group making laminated book marks and enjoying morning tea. Unfortunately the rain cancelled the planned bird walk. I was assisted by Jenny Frohlich and Duncan Turnbull.

Laminated bookmarks
Laminated bookmarks

Pouring rain accompanied a bird walk around Jells Park, Mt Waverley on the same day. Pat Bingham and Jane Moseley led this walk for 30 people. The Stonningham U3A enjoyed a visit to the bird hide and among the 25 species seen was a Black-fronted Plover.

Graeme Hosken led the Friends of Wilson Park on their bird walk in Berwick on the 13 April. This walk was followed by a light breakfast.

On the 16 April Sonja Ross gave a PowerPoint presentation titled ‘Birds around Melbourne’ to the Koonung Bushwalking Club in Doncaster East. About 60 people attended and asked some interesting questions.

Ruth Akie gave a talk about ‘Getting to know your backyard birds’ at St John’s Church, Mt Waverley on 26 April.

On 26 April, Pat Bingham and Ian Moodie assisted with the bird survey walk with Friends of Blackburn Lake Creeklands. The sun was shining and 30 people found 31 species – the most interesting being Gang-gang Cockatoos, Australian King-parrots and a juvenile Golden Whistler.

30 April: Despite a predicted thunderstorm and rain, the sun shone on this activity. Twelve Manningham Seniors arrived at Banyule Flats with drivers and were taken to the wetlands where they were given the opportunity to view the waterbirds through telescopes.

Manningham Seniors at Banyule Flats
Manningham Seniors at Banyule Flats


They were then taken on walks by Lyn Easton and Anthea Fleming to find in excess of 25 species. Thanks to Duncan Turnbull and Anthea Fleming for supplying and handling the telescopes, and Lyn for leading.

Janet Hand, Education Officer (Phone: 9842 4177)

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