Activities

December 2020 - January 2021 Activities

Unfortunately, we are only able to offer a limited program of walks at the moment because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please note that the number of places on each walk is limited to ten people plus the leader, and that you must contact the leader to book a place if you would like to attend.

Thursday 3 December 2020, 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) as long as a car park pass is obtained from the Discovery Centre on arrival and displayed on your dashboard. Please send Martin a text to let him know that you would like to book a spot if you would like to attend.

Sunday 6 December 2020, Illawarra Birders Christmas Picnic
12.30pm, Kum Ba Yah Girl Guide Camp site, Mount Keira
Our Christmas Picnic will be held at the Kum Ba Yah Girl Guide Camp site, on Mount Keira Road, Mount Keira on Sunday 6 December 2020 at 12.30pm.   This will be followed by informal walks.   Directions: The Girl Guide camp site is situated about 3.2 kilometres along Mount Keira Road (from the junction with the Princes Hwy) just after Byarong Park on the left and opposite the Illawarra Archery Club.   On entering the camp please drive down as far as the road goes, to the Lodge.   This event is now full. Penny Potter 0430 343 525

Friday 18 December 2020, 8.00am, 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.

Friday 1 January 2021 New Year’s Day Twitchathon
Go birding in the Illawarra on New Year’s Day to find as many species as you or your team can and then email your list to Terrill Nordstrom at terrillnorstrom1@gmail.com <mailto:terrillnorstrom1@gmail.com>, stating the location that you saw each species. The person or team who sees the most species will hold the title until the following year. The winner will be announced in February. Please note that there will be no club access to Tallawarra Ashponds during the Twitchathon, and birds seen at Tallawarra will not be counted.




Sunday 10 January 2021, 8.00am, Killalea Reserve River and Lagoon Walks
Leader: Ralph Stadus, Mobile 0412 244 121
This is two great walks which often produce a wide array of birds.   Enter the Reserve via Killalea Drive, Shellcove and drive past the kiosk all the way to the southern end of the reserve and meet at carpark near Mystics Beach. The first is a bush walk down to Minnamurra River. Then morning tea back at cars or at the kiosk. Followed by a 5km walk around the lagoon with carry lunch mid-way. Its mid-summer so wear sun protective clothes and carry ample water. Sturdy shoes are always needed.  Please send Ralph a text to book your spot if you would like to attend.

Thursday 14 January 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) as long as a car park pass is obtained from the Discovery Centre on arrival and displayed on your dashboard. Please send Martin a text to book your spot if you would like to attend.

Sunday 17 January 2021, 8.00am, Atlassing at Integral Energy Park
Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418 429 132
Meet in the car park off Darkes Road, West Dapto - the driveway is just past the Motor Museum on the right. Driveway marked with a sign stating: “Integral Energy Recreation Park”.  Bring morning tea, hat, sunscreen, and wear enclosed sturdy shoes.  Please send Martin a text to book your spot if you would like to attend.

Monday 18 January 2021, 8.00am, 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.

Saturday 23 January 2021, 8.00am, 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.



Sunday 24 January 2021, 8.00am, 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.