eNews # 14 - 15 October 2019

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Bird Lovers: Regent Honeyeater Expert to Attend Field Day

Regent Honeyeater DEAN INGWERSEN320Bird lovers from the Southern New England will soon have an opportunity to hear from one of the most informed experts on the endangered Regent Honeyeater, when Dr Ross Crates from the Australian National University will speak at a field day near Uralla Tuesday 22nd October.

Image courtesy Dean Ingwersen, Birdlife Australia

"We are very excited to be hosting Dr Crates - he possesses such a wealth of knowledge on this beautiful species," said Struan Ferguson, Coordinator with Southern New England Landcare.

For several years, Dr Crates has been studying why this species has become rare and endangered, and what we can do to help them.

"During the last 12 months, Southern New England Landcare has facilitated formation of a new group called the Regent Honeyeater Revivalists," said Struan.

"The group has met a couple of times to prepare a local action plan of activities they are keen to work on," she said.

At the field day, participants will also hear from local nature educator Peter Metcalfe about the types of Regent Honeyeater habitat we have in our local area, and Sara Schmude on how community members can help manage one of the key threats to Regent Honeyeaters - the feral Indian Myna.

Everyone is welcome to join Southern New England Landcare and their new group, ‘The Regent Honeyeater Revivalists’ to learn about the Regent Honeyeater and how we can help them survive as a species.

"We'd love a large crowd to show their enthusiasm for this species," said Struan.

"And if you can't make our field day, there are three more Regent Honeyeater events with Dr Ross Crates next week hosted by Gwymac, Glenrac and Granite Borders Landcare," she said.

 Breakfast and morning tea will be provided so registrations are essential for catering purposes.

More information and a flier here or simply Register NowField Day - Regent Honeyeaters and their Habitat

This project is supported by Northern Tablelands Local Land Services in partnership with the New England North West Landcare Networks through funding from the Austrlaian Government's National Landcare Program.

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