Weekend Outings – A message from our Activities Coordinator

After being appointed Activities Coordinator for BirdLife Melbourne a few months back I have been thinking about what was missing from our activities, and I believe we, as a group, have fallen short of providing enough weekend outings which allows people with work commitments during the week to participate.
Over many years Alan and Hazel have doing an amazing job with their monthly weekend beginners outings which are by no means just for the beginners but also for anyone interested in attending and it has been an awesome way for birders to get involved and meet like minded people in the field.
I do believe though that the word beginner does deter a few people from attending just because they believe it would be a basic introduction to birding, so I have come to the decision that I will, in the short term ( next 6 months),  be organising a weekend outing for anyone to join and participate. I have no concerns if you’re a beginner or a professional if you are interested in the outings I have arranged, please feel free to send me an email or give me a call and will be able to give more details.
At the start of next year I have a plan to attract 12 unbelievable good Victorian birdwatchers to take an outing each over the year; the outing will be organised by that individual and they will take us to their favorite birding spot around greater Melbourne.
At this point I have had a great response from the birders i have asked and all have showed willingness to participate in this exercise.
The Birdlife Melbourne activities calendar has the most up to date details of outings for the next 3 months which I have added here: 
  http://www.birdlifemelbourne.org.au/activities/
As I said above I have organised the next 3 monthly weekend outings starting from June:
Sunday 14 June 2015  Weekend Outing
Woodlands Historic Park . Melways 178 F10. Take Providence Road and Park at carpark at Weerona Cemetery, 9am start. We will then head to
Somerton Road Picnic Area at 178 B6 for lunch. Toilets available at lunch only. Bring lunch, chair and water. After lunch will head back to Sugar Gum Plantation 178 D7 to finish up at around 4pm Contact Philip Peel 0499169500 or kbutlerppeel@bigpond.com

Saturday25th July 2015 Weekend Outing
Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve & Newport Lakes .
Melways 55 J10. Take Rifle Range Drive and park at Mullins Court, 9am start. We will then head to Newport Lakes at 55 G3 for lunch. Toilets available at lunch only. Bring lunch, chair and water. After lunch will walk the paths around the lake and finish up at around 3pm Contact Philip Peel 0499169500 or kbutlerppeel@bigpond.com

Sunday23 August 2015  Weekend Outing
Toolangi Black Range State Forest .
Melways 10 Q2. Take Myers Creek Road and Park at intersection where it intersects with Sylvia Creek Road (mindful that Sylvia Creek Road is a loop so parking at the northern access) 9am start. We will then head into
Toolangi from there. Toilets available at lunch only. Bring lunch, chair and water. Finish up at around 3pm. Contact Philip Peel 0499169500 or kbutlerppeel@bigpond.com
Please feel free to share this between friends, the more people attending these outings the more our group will grow.
Hope to see everyone at least attend one of the outings and contribute to help our beautiful birds of Victoria.
Happy Birding
Philip Peel

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