Knowing the birds in your garden, street or reserve – in Mundaring – with the DRB Nats
27 July, 9:15 am-12:30 pm
Knowing the birds in your garden, street or reserve – in Mundaring – now for a second time – with the option of follow-up bird-watching in August to Wedgetail Reserve in Parkerville.
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 Shire of Mundaring to put on their popular, interactive, “Birds in your garden, street or reserve” workshop. This will help you to correctly identify the birds, recognise their calls, understand their lives and learn how to attract them to your garden, install bird baths … and lots more. They have already presented the workshop in Mundaring in November 2017 but it was so popular, (80 people booked in & there was a waiting list) it is on again. If you have been before you can still come again as they have whole new videos of the birds using a remote video camera.
(Picture taken of Mike birdwatching at the Shire of Mundaring offices.)
Last time it was held in November, this time … in winter. This is a great time to be bird watching and also it’s planting time in our gardens. Rachel and Mike talk about what native plants to grow to attract a variety of birds – and people were really interested in that last time.
Date: Saturday morning, 27th July 2019.
Times: Registration 9.15am. Workshop: 9.30am-12.30pm.
Topic: Rachel and Mike will talk about how to identify, attract and care for the birds in your garden, reserve or street in the Shire of Mundaring. 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.
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 Shire of Mundaring and give you a bird list of all the birds seen in one hour at a key location in Mundaring, 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 City of Kalamunda, the City of Belmont, the City of Bayswater and more, and received great feedback, so don’t miss them!
Venue: Civic room at the Shire of Mundaring Offices, 7000 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring, WA 6073 Australia.
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 Shire of Mundaring Eventsbrite bookings page: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/birds-in-your-garden-workshop-tickets-59934457576
Please book in asap, the last one booked out.
Follow-up bird watching survey at Wedgetail Reserve: The DRB Nats, in partnership with the Friends of the Reserve and the Shire of Mundaring, will be running an excursion to Wedgetail Reserve in Parkerville, the following month, on 25th August 2019. The whole community is invited, and there will be groups for a flower survey, a fungi survey, an insect survey and a bird survey. Mike will be leading the bird survey. Come and test your new found skills. Bookings are essential for the Wedgetailed Reserve survey here: https://www.wanaturalists.org.au/events/drb-parkerville/
Shire of Mundaring can be contacted here: Tracey Bell TraceyBell@mundaring.wa.gov.au
Rachel can be contacted on the DRB Nats phone: 0436-448-647 if required.