Wednesday 29 May 7.00am - Victoria Point Parklands
Wednesday 19 June 7.30 am - John Oxley Reserve And Black Duck Reserve
Sunday 23 June 7:00 am - Samford Eco-Corridor

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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Wednesday 29 May 7.00am - Victoria Point Parklands

Leader: Frank Burch Mobile: 0427 886 636

A very easy flat walk circumnavigating the Victoria Point Water Treatment Plant and encompassing the Victoria Point Parklands and Eprapah Creek immediately adjacent to the Eprapah Environmental Centre. This takes in a mixture of bush & mangrove environment and which can (if we're lucky) be very productive.

From Cleveland / Redland Bay Road turn onto Colburn Avenue and continue along past Bunnings on your right and through one set of trafc lights. Then past the Sharks Sporting Club on your right and turn left into the short road that leads up to the Water Treatment plant (immediately before) the Colburn Avenue/Link Road traffic lights & White House Cafe. Parking is easy and toilet facilities are available very nearby.

We meet there at 7.00am and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a chair and refreshments as required.

UBD Reference: Map 226 G1

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Wednesday 19 June 7.30 am - John Oxley Reserve And Black Duck Reserve

Leader: Vernon Kretschmann Mobile: 0488 211 277

The main walking track at John Oxley Reserve is sealed and winds its way down the banks of the North Pine River to a boardwalk at river level. The walk initially passes through dense eucalypt woodland which merges with riparian and mangrove forests as it gets closer to the river. After this walk we will break for morning tea, then for those wishing to continue we will proceed to the nearby Black Duck Reserve for a walk by the lakes. This path is also paved and with such diverse habitats we should see a good range of bush and water birds.

There are picnic facilities including toilets at John Oxley Reserve. Please bring morning tea, a chair and insect repellent.

Directions: The reserve is located at the end of Ogg Road which can be accessed from Dohles Rocks Road. The Reserve is signposted and we will meet at the carpark.

UBD Reference Map 99 F1

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Sunday 23 June 7:00 am - Samford Eco-Corridor

Leader: Julie Sarna Phone: 0457 517 150

Samford Eco Corridor is an ebird hotspot (https://ebird.org/australia/hotspot/L5616101) with over 50 species regularly spotted.

Directions: For those coming from Ferny Grove, take the third exit off the roundabout at Samford Village. Drive through the village and continue on the road to Dayboro for approx. 1 km. You will see playing fields and notices for tennis club, netball and bowls club on the left. Turn left into the entrance to these facilities and park in the car park between the netball courts and the bowls club. For those coming from the northern suburbs via Eatons Crossing Road, drive towards Samford and when you cross the South Pine River the playing fields will be on your right. Take the first right hand turn into the driveway to these facilities and park as above. Toilets are in Samford Village and on Mt O'Reilly Rd.

Location: UBD 106 L11

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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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