The birds in your garden, street or reserve in Melville – with the DRB Nats
7 September, 9:15 am-12:30 pm
Birds in your garden, street or reserve in Melville – how to identify, attract and care for them
Would you like to know how to identify the different birds in your garden, street or reserve or know how to attract more of them to your garden, or even how to care for them? If so, this is for you – especially if you live in or around the City of Melville, as it will focus specifically on the birds in that area.
This will help you to correctly identify the birds, recognise their calls, understand their lives, learn how to attract them to your garden, install bird baths, use a bird book, include bird habitat plants, … and lots more.
The Darling Range Branch of the WA Naturalists Club (DRB Nats), and Rachel and Mike Green, bird enthusiasts and experts, have teamed up with the City of Melville to put on this popular, interactive, workshop on Saturday 7th September 9.15am-12.30pm.
September is a great time to be bird watching and also it’s planting time in the garden and you will also be able to learn what native plants to grow to attract a variety of birds.
Date: Saturday morning, 7th September 2019.
Times: Registration 9.15am. Workshop: 9.30am-12.30pm. BOOK SOON – the one in Mundaring booked out weeks in advance: https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/events/whats-on/birds-in-your-garden,-street-or-reserve-in-melvill
Venue: AH Bracks library, 431 Canning Hwy, Melville WA 6156.
Topic: Rachel and Mike will talk about how to identify, attract and care for the birds in your garden, reserve or street in the City of Melville. They will explain what the different birds look like, what features to look out for when identifying them, what birds eat, how to use birdbaths, bird perches, bird books, binoculars and bird boxes, and more. Mike will make sure you know how to tell the difference between all those special birds we call “LBBs” – little brown birds. He will even teach you the secret art of “bird shushing” to bring birds closer to you and show you his (nearly famous) pallid cuckoo call that even the pallid cuckoos think is a cuckoo! Rachel will show you many excellent photographs of the birds, play videos of them so you can practise identifying them, and show you two different “Birds of Australia” Apps to help identify birds and their calls and attract them to you, wherever you go in Australia. All the photographs above have been taken by Rachel and show different aspects that will be covered in the workshop, such as how to identify the birds, the way they use bird perches and the value of keeping dead trees for nesting.
And, there will be a special segment on how to attract birds to your garden, and what plants, food and conditions they need.
You can bring photographs of birds in your garden, park or reserve if you want them identified. Rachel and Mike will include photographs specifically taken in the City of Mundaring and give you a bird list of all the birds seen in one hour at a key location in Melville, to help you start your own bird list. They’ll bring along binoculars and bird books, a bird bath, a bird perch, a bird box, a list of bird books, a list of flower books, and other equipment, and leave you inspired to know and care for the birds in your garden, street or reserve.
Speakers: Rachel and Mike Green are mad keen on birds and have a property in the Perth Hills which has received “Land For Wildlife” status because of the number of birds recorded on it, a total of 69 so far. They have planted a 2+ acre garden of local Western Australian plants specifically to encourage birds and other wildlife into their garden. And have succeeded! They promise not to be boring! They will leave you inspired to identify, understand, and care for the birds in your garden, street or reserve. They are the Chair and Treasurer of the DRB Nats too. They have also presented at the Shire of Mundaring, City of Kalamunda, the City of Belmont, the City of Bayswater and more, and received great feedback, so don’t miss them!
Please join us – it’s FREE – you’ll even get morning tea provided. See you there – but you must book in as there is a limit on numbers. Once the numbers are reached we will form a waiting list – so get in early!
What to bring: If you have a bird book – please bring it so you can practise using it to identify the birds – Mike will give you some great hints on how to do this as well.
Bookings for the bird workshop are required even though it is free. Please book for the workshop through the City of Melville: https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/events/whats-on/birds-in-your-garden,-street-or-reserve-in-melvill
City of Melville organiser can be contacted here: Lorraine Horsley: L
Rachel can be contacted on the DRB Nats phone: 0436-448-647 if required.