The guest speaker for the May 2019 meeting of the CFNC is renowned ornithologist and nature photographer, Chris Tzaros. Chris’s talk is titled “Conserving the Turquoise Parrot”. Chris has been involved in bird conservation and research in the woodlands of SE Australia for more than 20 years, and is the author of the book ‘Wildlife of the Box Ironbark Country.
Once faced with extinction in the early 1900s, the Turquoise Parrot has made a remarkable comeback and now exists throughout many parts of Victoria, NSW and southern Qld. Although still listed as threatened, there are some areas where it has established secure localised populations. One such area is the hills of north-east Victoria, where a campaign to address key threats and improve the species’ habitat has been operating for about 6 years. Community involvement has been instrumental to the programs success, with private landholders actively participating in a raft of activities that will hopefully allow this spectacular little bird to enjoy a bright future. This is an inspiring conservation success story that provides hope for other conservation initiatives.
The talk is open to both members and visitors – bring along friends and family. The evening will commence from 7.30pm on Friday 10 May at the Fellowship Room, behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St (next door to the Art Gallery and Museum). Tea and snacks available afterwards. There is no cost for attendance.