Meetings are held in the Warner Hall, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm, starting at 7:30pm, on the first Thursday of each month (except January) unless otherwise specified.

Covid-19 Status for meetings

Update 11 July 2021

From July 2021 the meetings operate under the Check-in Qld scheme mandated by the Qld State Government. Where possible, please ensure you have the "Check-in Qld" app on your mobile computing device and can scan the QR code or enter the 6-digit number to register your arrival. See Birds Qld's Covid-19 page for more details.

N.B. We are still operating under Government COVID restrictions, however the previous limit on attendance numbers at meetings has been relaxed. Bookings are currently not required.

Should the situation change before the next meeting, notification will be

  1. by Mailchimp email,
  2. on the website
  3. by email to those who booked via Eventbrite.

Any enquiries can be made by

How to get to Warner Hall:

  • By road / parking - Access the Warner Hall from 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 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 2021

5 August

Short talk - Vicky Thomson: Rehabilitation, recovery and release. Do rehabilitated coastal raptors survive?.

Vicky has been examining the survival of rehabilitated coastal raptors that are treated at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast. Treating and rehabilitating injured raptors requires the investment of significant time and funds. Yet wildlife hospitals and rehabilitation centres are typically unable to monitor the birds post-release, nor assess the outcome of their efforts. Vicky will talk about the results she has gathered so far from banding and GPS tracking of released birds

Long talk - Rosalie Willacy: When the cat’s away will the rats play? Investigating cat eradication outcomes for native birds in the multi-invaded Christmas Island ecosystem.

Eradicating invasive species from islands clearly benefits endemic and threatened species worldwide. In ecosystems with multiple invasive species, management quickly becomes complex due to many varied and unknown interactions between species. Conservation actions in these ecosystems can sometimes result in unexpected or adverse outcomes for the species we were trying to protect.

Rosalie will tell us the results of her study of the situation on Christmas Island where, due to many constraints, feral cats (Felis catus) are being eradicated but not rats (Rattus rattus), although both species impact native and threatened birds. In her talk, Rosalie will focus on the Christmas Island thrush (Turdus poliocephalus erythropleurus) and the Red-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda westralis).

2 September

7 October

4 November

2 December - AGM

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