Mansfield Courier

Keeping a watchful eye on Mansfield’s bird life

- By KIM MAGNAY

OVER the past 18 months many of us have spent quite a lot of time at home.

During this time, we have had more opportunit­y to observe the many species of birds that flitter in and out of our gardens.

While many of us are familiar with the common magpie, kookaburra and galah, we are lucky to have many other species abundant in our region, that when, provided some habitat, move into our urban environmen­t.

Lockdown has offered us an opportunit­y to appreciate birds in our gardens, spiking the interest of members in the community keen to gain a better understand­ing of our region’s birdlife.

While it has had a rocky start, this interest has driven the establishm­ent of a local bird watching group.

Up2US Landcare Alliance roject officer Rhiannon Quigley said “bird watching is a great way of connecting us back to our landscape and environmen­t”.

“If you are new to the region, it is a great way to meet new people, get into the outdoors and discover the beauty of our local environmen­t,” she said.

“Bird watching is a great activity for all ages and levels of experience, with no equipment essential.

“It is a great way to connect with like mined people and learn together.”

With the easing of restrictio­ns and spring on our doorstep the

Mansfield bird watching group are hosting their first event for the season on August 28.

The group will be meeting with experience­d bird watcher Cleve Herd for a walk and talk along Rifle Butts Road.

If you would like to be involved, please contact the Up2Us Landcare Alliance office to register on 5779 1593 or via email at projects@up2us.org.au.

Alternativ­ely head to the event’s page at www.up2us.org. au.

 ?? PHOTO: Geoff Boyes ?? LOCAL FELLOW: Yellow Rumped Pardalote.
PHOTO: Geoff Boyes LOCAL FELLOW: Yellow Rumped Pardalote.

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