I have been a committee member with The Australian Bird Study Association since 2012, currently serving as treasurer, publicity/social media officer and membership officer. Previously I have held the position of secretary.
I first learnt to band with the team in Sydney in 2007 and currently hold an A-class license and trainers permit. Under this I run a monitoring site in Hobart Tasmania.
This year (2019) I have organised a Bird Banding symposium on behalf of ABSA at the Australasian Ornithological Conference in Darwin. The symposium attracted a good amount of interest and will feature talks from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
For those who don't know, ABSA produces the peer-reviewed journal Corella and Avian Communities Through Time (AACTT) reports from long-term banding projects. We also run the mist-net service which sells banding supplies to Australian researchers. Each year we present two awards and offer grants under the Fund for Avian Research (aka FAR grant). Additionally at each Australian Ornithological Conference we offer a student poster prize.
If you are interested in bird banding or being involved with the ABSA committee please get in touch. Also check out the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme website to learn what is involved in gaining a banding licence and find your regional coordinator.
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