Birds watchers unite

L-R John Shaw, Tony Mew, Mark Beckby, William Terry and Cathy Newing. Photo: Joe Mastroianni

By Jessica Micallef

Swoop on over to Macedon Ranges’ very first bird blitz.

Bird enthusiasts will get the chance to visit more than 100 sites in the Macedon Ranges to learn about the birds native to the region.

The council’s planning and environment director Angela Hughes said the event would monitor and identify the different birds in the area as part of council’s biodiversity strategy.

“It’s to understand the ecosystem and how healthy it is,” she said.

“There are more than 227 bird species in the shire and of those, 18 per cent are at threat of extinction.

“We’re hoping to see the powerful owl, the greater glider and woodland birds. If they are seen within the environment, it’s a good sign that we have a healthy ecosystem.”

Bird watchers are asked to meet at Bald Hill Reserve, Kyneton for a hot breakfast and a talk from local bird experts.

“Following that, people will break into small groups with at least one bird expert assigned to each group,” Ms Hughes said.

“We’ll be providing … a light lunch. This will enable people when they are looking at birds to sit down and have a picnic.”

The bird blitz is on Saturday, October 19 at 9.30am-2.30pm. Free event.

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