Activities

Please note that the number of places on each walk is limited so that social distancing can be taken into account, and that you must contact the leader to book a place if you would like to attend.


Tuesday 6 April 2021, 7.30pm, Evening Meeting

Coniston Community Centre, 26 Bridge Street, Coniston

The evening will be a members’ night, providing the opportunity for members to share a story or make a small presentation on a bird related topic.  If you would like to contribute please contact Terrill Nordstrom on 0420 848 713.

Please note that the following restrictions remain in place to keep us all COVID safe:

    We are allowed a maximum of 40 people in the hall and you will need to ‘register’ for the event by sending an email (penpott@yahoo.com) or SMS (0430 343 525) to Penny Potter.
    You will be required to check in with the QR code displayed on the wall inside the hall so please have the Service NSW app downloaded on your phone before arrival if possible.
    The wearing of masks is optional.
    Seating will be socially distanced into single seats and family groups.  You will need to remain seated and no mingling is allowed inside the hall.  If you would like to chat to other members in the short break you will need to go outside.
    Unfortunately, we aren’t allowed to share food so please do not bring plates of food to share with other members.  However, please bring your own food and drink to consume while you are seated if you would like to.
    There won’t be any raffles, library or clothing sale.

Friday 9 April 2021, 8.30am, Tallawarra Ash Ponds
Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037
Bring carry morning tea and wear enclosed sturdy shoes.  Meet on Yallah Bay Road which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. This is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. If coming from the south, you need to take the first Dapto exit and turn right onto the Princes Highway. Yallah Bay Road is the second left after this turn. Park on the left-hand side of the road of Yallah Bay Road about 300 metres from the turn off opposite gate 37.  Please send Dave a text to let him know that you will be coming on the walk on 0409 071 815.


Saturday 10 April 2021, 8.30am, Carrington Falls
Leader: Terrill Nordstrom, Mobile 0420 848 713
Meet in small car park at Blue Pool, Carrington Falls. It is the small camping ground on the RHS on Carrington Falls Road which is off Cloonty Road, 18km up Jamberoo Mountain Road. Great spot for a swim if it is hot, and fantastic views.   Drop toilets at car park but no water. Carry morning tea and lunch back at the cars. We will probably then explore other spots in the area.

Saturday 17 April 2021, 11.00am, Picnic at Jerrara Dam
Contact: Ralph Stadus, Mobile 0412 244 121
Picnic lunch, catch up with members and some casual birding.   This is a casual get together so people can have a chat with other members at a COVID safe distance. Please practice social distancing.   BYO picnic lunch and a chair to sit on.   Have a bite to eat, discuss birding and maybe go for a walk in small groups to see what is about.   Jerrara Dam now has 166 species on eBird.   A normal walk yields 25-35 species.     Parking is still outside the gate, so you need to carry lunch a 100M or so. Jerrara Dam has a drop toilet but no water.  Please send Ralph a text to let him know that you would like to book a spot if you would like to attend.

Saturday 24 April 2021, 8.30am, Atlassing at Croom
Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418 429 132
An atlas survey of this IB adopted site, about 2 hrs duration.  Meet at the oval car park at the end of the Tennis Court Entrance on Croome Road, Albion Park Rail.  Please send Martin a text to book your spot if you would like to attend.


Tuesday 4 May 2021, 7.30pm, Evening Meeting
Coniston Community Centre, 26 Bridge Street, Coniston
"Brush-turkeys: Birds in Suburbia", Matthew Hall, PhD Candidate, University of Sydney

Please note that the following restrictions remain in place to keep us all COVID safe:
We are allowed a maximum of 40 people in the hall and you will need to ‘register’ for the event by sending an email (penpott@yahoo.com <mailto:penpott@yahoo.com>) or SMS (0430 343 525) to Penny Potter.
You will be required to check in with the QR code displayed on the wall inside the hall so please have the Service NSW app downloaded on your phone before arrival if possible.
The wearing of masks is optional.
Seating will be socially distanced into single seats and family groups.  You will need to remain seated and no mingling is allowed inside the hall.  If you would like to chat to other members in the short break you will need to go outside.
Unfortunately, we aren’t allowed to share food so please do not bring plates of food to share with other members.  However, please bring your own food and drink to consume while you are seated if you would like to.
There won’t be any raffles, library or clothing sale.


Thursday 6 May 2021, 12.30 to 1.30pm, Botanic Gardens Walk,
Leader: Martin Potter, Mobile 0437 683 677
Lunchtime bird walk. Meet at the Discovery Centre. We have permission to use the nearby car park on Madoline Street (off Irvine Street), and a car park permit is no longer required. Please send Martin a text to let him know that you would like to book a spot if you would like to attend.

Friday 7 - Monday 10 May 2021, Capertee Valley Weekend
Leader: Penny Potter, Mobile 0430 343 525
Accommodation will be either self-catering group accommodation in the Port Macquarie Homestead, Capertee Valley National Park, or camping at the nearby campground in the National Park.  Please contact Penny to book a spot.

Saturday 8 May, 8.30am, Budderoo
Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037
Meet at 8.30am at car park for Budderoo Fire Trail approx. 2.6km past the turn-off to Barren Grounds along Jamberoo Mountain Road. This car park is approximately 200 metres along a dirt road. After the 60 km/h bends on Jamberoo Mountain Road the speed goes back to 80km/h and you go up a slight hill.  At the top is a dirt pull-off marked with two signs Budderoo Plateau and Budderoo National Park this is where the dirt road to access the track begins. Bring carry morning tea, hat, sunscreen, and plenty water for the day.  Please send Dave a text to let him know that you will be coming on the walk on 0409 071 815.

Sunday 16 May 2021, 8.30am, Wader Count
Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418 429 132
Meet under the pines by Windang Surf Club. A count that is part of the national “Shorebirds 2020” Programme that will include: Windang Estuary, Why Juck Bay, Koona Bay. Bring morning tea, sunscreen, hat and wear enclosed shoes.  Please send Martin a text to book your spot if you would like to attend.

Tuesday 18 May 2021, 8.30am, Mount Keira Survey
Leader: Terrill Nordstrom, Mobile 0420 848 713
Meet at the car park on Mount Keira Road just past the Illawarra Archery Club on the left-hand bend of the road. This is a half day walk.  Bring carry morning tea.  Places are limited.  Note: there are eighty-four steps at the beginning of this walk.  Please send Terrill a text to book a spot if you would like to attend.

Saturday 22 May 2021, 8.30am, Tallawarra Ash Ponds
Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037
Bring carry morning tea and wear enclosed sturdy shoes.  Meet on Yallah Bay Road which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. This is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. If coming from the south, you need to take the first Dapto exit and turn right onto the Princes Highway. Yallah Bay Road is the second left after this turn. Park on the left-hand side of the road of Yallah Bay Road about 300 metres from the turn off opposite gate 37.  Please send Dave a text to let him know that you will be coming on the walk on 0409 071 815.