Meetings are held in the Brunswick Room, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm on the first Thursday of each month except January unless otherwise specified.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and the meetings start at 7:30 pm with any notices or other business. A short talk is followed by the main address. Questions are invited following both talks. Supper is provided after the meeting and a $2 donation is requested to assist with the cost of refreshments and hire of the venue.

How to get to the Brunswick Room and Warner Hall:

  • By road / parking - The Brunswick Room is accessed using the Amity Street entrance to the complex and the Warner Hall using the Merthyr Road entrance via 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 2020

4 June - Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

Birds Queensland will video the presentations. Members will be notified when the presentations are available online. Summaries will be published in the newsletter.

Short talk - Peter Woodall: Respiration in Birds. Birds can be incredibly active: some hummingbirds have 4 000 wingbeats/minute. A Rueppell’s Vulture collided with a plane at 11,300m above see level. How can birds obtain sufficient oxygen to perform under these challenging conditions? Peter’s talk will look at the avian respiratory system and compare it with that in mammals, explaining why the avian lung is much more efficient.

Long talk - Greg Czechura: Raptors: an ornithological and bibliographic journey. Greg will give us a perspective on raptor watching and our increasing knowledge of Australian raptor biology. His presentation traces a personal interest in raptors from the days when information was scanty and raptors were widely regarded as vermin (with a bounty on their heads), to the present day when raptors and their status are much better known and judged in a less prejudicial light.

2 July - To be reviewed

6 August

3 September

1 October

5 November

3 December (AGM)

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