Illawarra Birders

Birding club based in
Wollongong, affiliated with Birdlife Australia



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Illawarra Birders Membership

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Illawarra Birders is a strong and diverse club with over 100 members from all walks of life. Members span the spectrum from people just interested in birds, to those with a lifelong passion. We would love to have you join us.

You are welcome to attend 2 events before joining to determine if the club is for you.

To apply for membership, please send an email to with:

We will reply with the payment details

Annual membership fees:

Membership fees cover the July ‐ June year. Renewal of membership is due on July 1st each year.

New members
If you join after May 1st your membership will extend to June 30th next year.
If you join Jan 1st ‐ April 30th, your initial membership is reduced to $20 and covers membership until June 30th.

Our Mission

Illawarra Birders aim is to inspire the enjoyment, education, research and conservation of birds. Our mission is to build and encourage cooperation and partnerships between birding clubs and all levels of Government to ensure the conservation of bird species and their habitat.


Club Meetings

Visitors welcome

Coniston Community Centre
26 Bridge St Coniston
(adjacent to and east of the railway station)


Tuesday 4th June 2024, 7:30pm

Professor Edward Cowie
Are Birds Composers?

Internationally famous composer, visual artist and natural scientist Edward Cowie, was last year described by the New York Times as ’the greatest living composer directly inspired by the natural world’. Much of his music and visual work has been and continues to be inspired by both birdsong especially and their behaviour in natural habitats all over the world. His recent release, Where Song was Born on his record label, Metier Divine Arts is devoted to Australian birds and has rave reviews globally. Edward’s connection with the Illawarra goes back to the early 1980s when he founded and directed the new School of Creative Arts at Wollongong University. For more information on him, visit or simply Google him or look and listen on You Tube. Prepare for an evening of delight, wonders and surprises.


Tuesday 2nd July 2024, 7:30PM,

Nigel Jacket
A search for the Night Parrot in Western Australia ‐ via ZOOM.

Nigel Jackett grew up in Kangaroo Valley and studied environmental science at the University of Wollongong. Nigel currently resides in Broome, where he works for the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and is involved in research projects in the Great Sandy Desert and Kimberley. He is also a researcher with the University of Queensland, nearing the completion of a PhD focussed on Northern Masked Owls.

Tuesday 6th August 2024, 7:30pm

Annual General Meeting and Members’ Presentation Night