Tuesday 23 July 7.15am - Karawatha Forest, Illaweena Street Entrance
Tuesday 20 August 7.30 am - Gold Creek Reservoir
Saturday 24 August 7.30 am - Anniversary Outing - Jolly's Lookout, Mt Nebo and Maiala Rainforest Circuit, Mt Glorious

Outings elsewhere

General information

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Birds Queensland has two main outings each month, one on a weekend, and the other in mid-week. The Photogroup usually has an outing each month on the weekend, mostly in the morning, though the tide influences the timing if waders are the target. Details for these outings over the next few months are recorded on this page below.

In addition, there are Easy Start walks for new members, on the fourth Sunday of each month (except December). Interested persons should contact Dawn Muir by telephone 3870 8076 or by for details of locations and timing.

The Queensland Waders Study Group usually has a monthly outing (for Wader counts and other wader related activities), timed to suit the tide on a Sunday early in each month. Details are given on their web page.

Outings organized by the Noosa Parks Association are included here for those who would like to participate. Please contact the organizers if you intend to participate in these activities.

The details of some of the following outings listed may need to be confirmed, and additional outings may be added as the year progresses, so keep checking here at least each month. If the details of the meeting place, etc. given are insufficient, please call the nominated Leader for more precise directions. It is also important to notify the Leader to confirm your attendance. We encourage car-pooling wherever possible.

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Tuesday 23 July 7.15am - Karawatha Forest, Illaweena Street Entrance

Leader: Rod Cox Phone: 3398 8775 Mobile: 0411 475 355

The last time Birds Queensland conducted a walk in this area was in March 2006. David Niland conducted monthly surveys for a couple of years and he suggests that winter is the most productive time for a walk in this area.

The walk will start from the Illaweena Picnic Area on Illaweena Street. Please bring morning tea, insect repellent and sunscreen. There are picnic tables but no toilets.

UBD Reference Map 240 Q7

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Tuesday 20 August 7.30 am - Gold Creek Reservoir

Leader: Stephen Prowse Phone: 38789418 Mobile: 0419371134

Gold Creek Reservoir has a variety of habitats ranging from pockets of rainforest, a flowing creek, open water, open eucalyptus forest and forest with dense understory. The walk this year will extend right around the reservoir and will cover all these habitats. It is approximately 5.5km and will take around 3-4 hours. Around 200 species have been recorded at this location so we can expect to see around 50+ species. We will walk on wellformed paths and tracks but most of the walk is on a narrow bush track that is rough in places with short steep sections which we will get out of the way early. Participants will need to carry some water and a snack for a short stop on the way.

The walk will start from the carpark at the end of Gold Creek Road. From the Kenmore roundabout on Moggill Road, take Brookfield Road. After about 4km at the Brookfield showgrounds, turn right at the roundabout onto Gold Creek Road. After about 5km on Gold Creek road, you will reach the carpark.

There are toilets near the carpark. Please bring a chair and tea for bird call afterwards.

UBD Reference: 136 L14

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Saturday 24 August 7.30 am - Anniversary Outing - Jolly's Lookout, Mt Nebo and Maiala Rainforest Circuit, Mt Glorious

Leaders: Richard Noske and Rae Clark
Richard: 0437 652 048
Rae: 07 3391 1642

This anniversary event commemorates the inaugural outing of the Queensland Ornithological Society (Birds Queensland) to two sites in Brisbane Forest Park (now D'Aguilar National Park) - Jolly's Lookout and Maiala - on 8th February 1970.

We will visit the same two areas as visited in 1970, when 48 species were recorded. It will be interesting to compare our bird list with the 1970 list, but differences are to be expected given that we are holding the anniversary outing in late winter rather than late summer.

At Jolly's Lookout, we will walk the Eugenia Circuit and have morning tea before driving on to Maiala where it is planned to walk the Rainforest Circuit after checking out the birds in the ever-productive picnic grounds. Attendees can bring lunch or eat at one of the cafes at Mount Glorious. After lunch there will be opportunities for anyone interested to walk one of the other tracks e.g. Western Window, Westside Track, Lawton Road.

Directions: Follow Waterworks Road through The Gap to Mt Nebo Road. Jolly's Lookout is approx. 18 km from the start of the Park at Walkabout Creek. Park at the lookout where we will have morning tea and we will walk down the road to the start of the circuit. It is a further 20 km to Maiala picnic area with the entrance to the car park on the right-hand side of the road. Parking is also available on both sides of the main road, opposite the start of the Western Window track, and it is a short walk through the picnic area to the Rainforest Circuit.

Toilets and picnic tables are available at the top of Jolly's Lookout and at Maiala, but it is a good idea to bring a chair, water, morning tea, snacks and lunch as required, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Please register for this walk by emailing or phoning Rae Clark (details above) so that we are aware of numbers.

UBD References: 135 M1 (Jolly's Lookout) 105 C5 (Maiala picnic ground)

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Outings Elsewhere

To connect with other bird groups around Queensland, we are alerting you to other places and times where you will be very welcome to join a local group:

BirdLife Northern Rivers

Covering the Tweed Valley to Byron Bay area in northern NSW, BirdLife Northern NSW advertises its outings on http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-northern-nsw/. If you are attending for the first time or have any questions about the group's outings, please contact Anne Jones on 0418 244 262 or email Anne at jones.oz@gmail.com.

BirdLife Gold Coast

A local outing every Thursday starting at 7.30 a.m. Contact Beth Hall 5534 2049 or Jim Lucas 5580 0013 for details on the next week's outing.

Birdlife Southern Queensland – other branches

Using the following link, discover outings which may be arranged by other BSQ branches http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-queensland/

Toowoomba Bird Observers

A very active group with monthly outings. Contact the president, Sandy Robertson, on 4697 2133 or 0415 277 145.

Bird Watchers of Hervey Bay

This local group has regular weekly walks – every Wednesday from 7 a.m. in summer and 7.30 a.m. in winter. They select a different venue the week before so contact John Knight on 4125 2372 for details of the next outing.

Sunshine Coast Bird Outings

Every LAST Wednesday of the month at Fairhill Native Plants and Botanic Gardens, 114-132 Fairhill Road, Ninderry and every second Thursday of the month at 371 Kureelpa Falls Road, Kureelpa. Starting time is 7 a.m. every month except May, June, July and August when we start at 8 a.m. Contact Lionel and Brenda Findlay on 07 5491 2316 or John and Lyla Hansen or 07 54417971 or you may just 'turn up'.

Noosa Parks Association Inc Bird Observers Group

An interpretive bird walk takes place every Friday, except Public Holidays, before the Friday Environment Forum (FEF). Meet in the Environment Centre car park at Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville beside the library at 8.30 a.m. Contact the coordinator – Valda McLean 5476 2123 braelochen@bigpond.com The program is on the Noosa Parks website www.noosaparks.org.au and will be updated as necessary.

Cairns Birding

A regular bird walk is held at Centenary Lakes, Cairns on the first Sunday of the month. Field trips are organised for every Sunday in the Cairns, Tablelands or Innisfail areas. Please contact Andy Anderson on 0476 167 713 for details if you are interested in attending a walk.

Bell Birdwatching Group

This is a very active 'Outing and Information Session' with Bernice Seton (Honorary Life Member of Birds Queensland). The group meets every third Friday of the month and travels to various places around the Bell district (in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains). The Group produce a monthly newsletter of their ventures. For further information, contact Bernice Seton 0427 631 080.

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