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Bird identification can be difficult, even for experienced birders, and many discussions occur during group walks and camps on this subject.
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We produce a range of brochures and other information on birds in Queensland, and on all aspects of birding in Queensland.
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“Of those bird species known to have been present or to have visited regularly in Australia when Europeans settled in 1788, 1.9% are Extinct and a further 11.5 % are considered Threatened. Some 6.0 % are Near Threatened.”
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Organizations like Birds Queensland assist with scientific research projects by raising money each year and allocating it as grants.
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Birds Queensland is a non-profit organisation that finances its own activities. Our logo is the brightly coloured and beautiful Sunbird which is normally found only between Normanton and Bundaberg.
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Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) © Peter Storer

Activities of the Society over its first 50 years

Birds Queensland (the Queensland Ornithological Society Inc) celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its formation in 2019. It was a time to remember the successes of the past and to look forward to future opportunities to promote the scientific study and conservation of Queensland birds.

On 15th October 1969, a meeting was held in the Biological Sciences building of the University of Queensland. Thirty-three people attended and 18 apologies received from others interested. After discussion, the meeting decided that an independent and active group should be formed to encourage bird study. It was decided that the aims of the group would be ‘To promote the scientific study of Queensland birds and their conservation’ and these remain the objectives of Birds Queensland today.

Other decisions taken included that monthly meetings would be held with a break of possibly two months during the summer. Outings, expeditions, a newsletter and assisting the Queensland Bird Banding scheme were some of the recommendations agreed and it is interesting that these still happen today – standing the test of time.

Five names were suggested for this new group but those attending voted that the ‘Queensland Ornithological Society’ be recommended and confirmed at the first general meeting of the Society.

The Councillors elected to manage the Society were:

  • President – Mr J D Macdonald
  • Vice-President – Dr Jiro Kikkawa
  • Secretary – Mr Phillip Straw
  • Treasurer – Mr K Williams
  • Editor – Mr Robin Elks
  • Field Outings – Mr Barry Morgan
  • Bird Banding – Dr Doug Dow
  • Junior Advisor – Miss N Hopkins

Initially, annual subscriptions were:

Ordinary Member $3.00
Junior Member $1.00 (under 17)
Family Member $5.00

The first Council meeting was held on 21st October 1969 and the first General Meeting on 5th November 1969.

At the first General Meeting, the constitution was agreed, and the emblem of the Society was also discussed. Sixty birds were identified as more or less typical to Queensland, but the Sunbird and the Golden Bowerbird were the most popular with the Sunbird being selected. At a Council meeting on 18th November, it was also agreed that a quarterly journal, to be called ‘Sunbird’, would be published.

Activities held during 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary included an anniversary meeting in April; an anniversary camp at Possum Park near Miles in the Condamine area where the first Birds Queensland camp was held in 1970; an anniversary bird walk to Jolly’s Lookout and Maiala Rainforest loop where the first walk was held in February 1970; and an anniversary dinner in early November at around the same time as the Society was formed in 1969.

The variety of activities held as well as articles in our newsletters throughout the year allowed all members to participate in some way in the celebrations. We now look forward to the next 50 years.

So, why not join us?

  • Monthly newsletter
    Members receive a monthly newsletter except in January.
  • Library
    Access to over 700 electronic files, videos and hardcopy books and magazines.
  • Outings and activities
    The society holds regular monthly camps and walks for members and guests, as well as monthly meetings.
Sahul Sunbird (Cinnyris frenatus) © Vince Bugeja