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No. 140, July - August, 2011

President’s Words: Earlier last month FOSCCP took part in one of the World Environment Day’s events at Belair National Park. Along with other groups we displayed numerous beautiful photos, including birds taken very recently by Les, and generally engaged with the public. This, in large part, was an attempt to lure people from the trance-like state during the football and cricket seasons to far more worthwhile pursuits. The weather was fairly lousy and attendance was low but there were a couple of “hopefuls” and quite a few bird brochures were sold too. My thanks to Jenny for persevering on the day. Thanks again to Jenny and Sue for joining me at the last Stirling Market to continue with the promotion of the bird brochures and the Friends in general. We were approached by quite a few others who are keen to conserve our indigenous flora and fauna and imparted some of our hard-earned knowledge, so it was a successful day. However next time some fake vegan dishes in bandicoot mould dishes might be used to lure those that got away.
      
Although winter rains have thwarted bird banding on several occasions this year, the working bees have been more fortunate with erica and boneseed regrowth and one of the newer nasties, Kunzea ericoides, being targeted. Looking uncannily like any other tea-tree, this interstate interloper had established a firm toe-hold near Gate 5. We believe the majority has now been found and removed and a scan of the area every year will now be added to the list. It is prominent along Mt Bold Rd and has no doubt spread from there.

Below is a letter from the Chief Executive responding to Friends of Parks Inc’s President, David Mitchell. I have to say that it does not fill me with optimism for the future of our biodiversity where concerted and prolonged efforts are required. Despite all the Government rhetoric expressing concern and commitment to the environment, DENR always seem to be first in the firing line for budget cuts. Despite the topics in the letter being discussed innumerable times over many years, to see the statement “DENR is currently reviewing its priorities to focus on what’s most important...” leads me to wonder how many more times are we going to see this need to re-invent the wheel. If, as they say on their web site, “(DENR) is responsible for managing South Australia’s world-class system of land-based and marine parks,” that should be enough of a brief to start off with.

Most of the concerns we have expressed over the years relate to the perceived undervaluing of our parks for their biodiversity values alone. Whilst some of our largest and most diverse parks groan under the weight of exotic species, they will never be “world class”.  Given the Government's current attitude, there is no reason to believe that the revenue from the desired doubling of visitor numbers to our parks would contribute another cent toward protecting our parks.

As you will see in the programme, we are holding a spring walk in September. We want to encourage as many locals as possible to come along (yes, with an ulterior motive), so please think about who you could ask. We will also advertise it prominently on the web site.

The indefatigable John Butler is going to be temporarily “fatigable,” as a spot of open heart surgery to replace a valve is about to intervene. I know I speak for everyone when I wish him our best and a very speedy recovery. I’m hoping a large bunch of pink and white erica next to his bed will assist in this process. At the very least they should increase his heart rate.

Note: The letter from Allan Holmes is appended to the back of this ‘Tails’

 Bird Banding: The wet part of the year is impacting on our banding operations with most weekends being too wet to carry out any work. However, look at the programme to see our next dates.

One thing that always comes around at this time of the year is the reporting of our work to ABBBS in Canberra. I have completed the listing of our captures for the last 12 months and show them below. We netted 434 birds in this period, including 80 recaptures and 22 species. The recapture figure of 18.4% is a little above our average, which sits at about 15%. The species in the list are a good cross-section of our avian community, with some exceptions, such as the parrots and birds of prey.

RAOU NO.

SPECIES

No. of  new captures

No. of recaptures

326

Sacred Kingfisher

2

 

338

Fantailed Cuckoo

1

 

342

Horsfield Bronze Cuckoo

1

 

361

Grey Fantail

6

 

380

Scarlet Robin

11

1

408

Grey Shrikethrush

2

 

398

Golden Whistler

12

4

470

Striated Thornbill

37

11

475

Brown Thornbill

12

2

484

Buffrumped Thornbill

6

3

488

Whitebrowed Scrubwren

18

15

529

Superb Fairy Wren

73

31

558

Whitethroated Treecreeper

8

 

565

Spotted Pardalote

1

 

574

Silvereye

21

5

583

Brownheaded Honeyeater

2

 

591

Eastern Spinebill

22

3

614

Yellowfaced Honeyeater

10

1

630

Crescent Honeyeater

17

1

631

New Holland Honeyeater

69

3

662

Redbrowed Finch

22

 

996

Goldfinch

1

 

I must thank all those who have been prepared to rise at some very early hours to take part in our project. Without their dedication over, now 20 years, this work could not have been done.

Our Programme Organisation:
There appears to be some confusion about the dates for our working bees. They are held on the FIRST Tuesday, SECOND Sunday and FOURTH Saturday.  Meetings, when programmed, are held on the SECOND Thursday. Bird banding is slotted in to free weekends and may occur once or twice per month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme July - September 2011 (all working bees meet at 9.00am at G18)

Month

Date

Activity

Location

July

30, 31

Bird banding

Gate 3 Crossroads, 7.30 pm.

August

2

Tuesday Working Bee

Broom & bulbs, gorse S of Gate 6. Bring bags

 

11

Business Meeting

Thompson’s residence, Cherry Gardens, 7.30 pm.

 

14

Sunday Working Bee

Broom & Erica SW of Gate7

 

20, 21

Bird banding

Gate 11, 7.00 am.

 

27

Saturday Working Bee

Boneseed SW Panhandle; enter Gate 23

 

28

Stirling Markets Stall

8.30 am – 1 pm. Selling Bird brochures

September

2 – 4

Friends Forum

Kimba

 

6

Tuesday Working Bee

Lower Viminaria Creek; Watsonia, Erica

 

11

Sunday Working Bee

Broom Nth Scott Ck parking area, near Mackereth Cottage

 

17

Bird banding

Gate 4, 7.00 am.

 

18

SPRING WALK

Further details later

 

24

Saturday Working Bee

TBA

 

25

Stirling Markets Stall

8.30 am – 1 pm. Selling Bird brochures

John Butler asks that anyone attending working bees and going directly to site rather than to the meeting area at Gate 18, give the organiser a call the day or so before, in case of a change in plans.
As a safety measure when working in the park, consider carrying a switched on mobile phone if you have one, with John’s 0427 164 290 or Tom’s 0417 869 349 numbers stored. Let John and Tom know your mobile No.

We have several two-way radios for members use. These are also available at working bees.

Officebearers:
            Any queries on Friends activities, please contact your office bearers.

President          Tom Hands       8388 2150         RMB 691, Cherry Gardens, 5157      Email: almanda11@bigpond.com
Secretary Don Reid          8388 2123     RMB 104, Bradbury, 5153        Email: minhist@triplei.net.au
Treasurer          John Thompson     8388 2387          P.O. Box 426, Blackwood , 5051
Saturday Working Bee Coordinator: Peter Charles      8377 1749     74 Lascelles Avenue, Warradale, 5046 Email: charpet@ozemail.com
Tuesday/Sunday Working Bees Coordinator: John Butler          8278 2773    5 Trevelyan Court, Coromandel Valley, 5051    Email: jhbutler@chariot.net.au:
                                                                      
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