2016 Queensland Ornithological Conferences

Presentation of prize to winner
of the raffle - Kiran
Dhanjal-Adams (©Sheena Gillman)

Two hundred birders from Queensland, interstate and overseas attended the 2016 Queensland Ornithological Conference which was held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia on Saturday 9 July.

From the comments on the evaluation forms, the 2016 Conference has been judged a great success. Participants heard the latest news on the Night Parrot recovery project from Steve Murphy (complete with a brief video showing a flying Night Parrot); the plight of our disappearing waders as described by Richard Fuller; the importance of counting migratory bush birds in south east Queensland by Richard Noske; and an update on the latest bird research from the CSIRO's Leo Joseph to name only a few of the excellent speakers.

As well as these and other speakers, there were also presentations by four PhD students on the outcomes of their research on arid land birds, Red-backed Fairywrens, research into the relationship of Pale-headed and Eastern Rosellas and the sensitivity of temperate songbirds to climate anomalies. During the three breaks, participants were able to look at the short listed entries in the photo competition, the entries in the student poster competition and visit the tables set up by the two bird groups, Queensland Wader Study Group as well as other conservation groups and Conference sponsors including BinTel.

At the end of the day, the winners of the student presentation and poster competitions were announced as well as the winners of the photographic competition. The stage was then set for the drawing of the raffle and the winners were:

First Prize - Swarovski binoculars - Kiran Dhanjal-Adams
Second Prize - 2 nights at Mt Barney Lodge - Ashlee Shipham
Third Prize - 1 night at O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat - Heather Janetzki

In addition, Stephen Debus who attended the conference donated a copy of his book Birds of Prey of Australia as a consolation prize and this was won by Jon Coleman.

For those who didn't want the day to end, there was an option to stay on for a 'buy your own' pizza dinner at the cafe next to the Schonell Theatre. It was a great way to wind down for both participants and the conference organisers.

No doubt there will be another Queensland Ornithological Conference - probably in 2018 - so if you missed out this year, make sure that you book early next time. 2016 Queensland Ornithological Conference