Meetings

Meetings are held in the Brunswick Room, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm on the first Thursday of each month except January unless otherwise specified. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the meetings start at 7:30 pm with any notices or other business. A short talk is followed by the main address. Questions are invited following both talks. Supper is provided after the meeting and a $2 donation is requested to assist with the cost of refreshments and hire of the venue.

How to get to the Brunswick Room:

  • By road / parking - The Brunswick Room is accessed using the Amity Street entrance to the complex via the walk-way from Merthyr Road. There are signs directing members to the entrance. Only limited parking is available on site but street parking is available in Merthyr Road and nearby streets including Bowen Tce and Watson Street. There aren’t any Parking Control Areas but near the intersection of Merthyr Road with Brunswick Street, there are specified parking requirements.
  • Train / bus - Travel to Fortitude Valley station then walk 305m to Brunswick Street Stop 207 near McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley and take a Route 196 bus. There is a stop directly outside 52 Merthyr Road. After 6 p.m., buses come every 15 minutes. Please check the Translink journey planner https://jp.translink.com.au/plan-your-journey/journey-planner for other options and timetables.
  • City Cat - There is a City Cat terminal at Sydney Street. It takes approximately 10 minutes to walk to 52 Merthyr Road from the terminal.

Meetings for 2019

4 April 2019

Important! Please RSVP by 29.3.2019 for this meeting and also advise of any dietary requirements.

Short talk - David Niland: Birds Queensland in the 20th century. David will give a personal review of our club over the first 30 years, with special reference to those members who have featured in our Newsletter and Sunbird for one reason or another. Right from the beginning we held monthly meetings, outings and camps and had strong input from a good number of experts, official or otherwise, to advance our aims for 'the study and conservation of birds'.

Long talk - Sarah Legge: The impacts of cats on Australian birds. Cats were introduced to Australia in 1788 and by the 1880s their range covered the entire mainland and most large islands. Feral cats (and the introduced red fox) have been the major cause of the extinctions of over 30 Australian endemic mammals. However, the impacts on birds are less well known and underestimated. From cat dietary studies, Sarah and her colleagues have calculated that an individual feral cat kills 129 birds annually. Every year, feral cats kill 316 million birds while pet cats kill 61 million. More than 98% of these are native birds. Australian governments recognise that the management of cats is a high priority and in general there is strong community support, although with some vocal opposition. Sarah will tell us about the strategies that are being used to address this challenging issue.

2 May 2019

6 June 2019

4 July 2019

1 August 2019

5 September 2019

3 October 2019

7 November 2019

5 December 2019 (AGM)

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