Shorebird identification morning kickstarts 2019

By FAIBS secretary Anna Woods

Friends Of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary February Event

Friends of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (FAIBS) will kick start its activity program for 2019 with a free Shorebird Identification morning at the St Kilda foreshore, being held on Sunday February 24, 8am until 10.30am.

All participants will gather in front of the St Kilda Community Hall.

Community members are invited to join in as local and migratory shorebirds are viewed with the opportunity to improve identification skills.

The migratory birds are currently fattening up in preparation for their return journey to the northern hemisphere in autumn.

Some will be starting to display their breeding plumage.

Scopes, binoculars and ID brochures will all be provided by FAIBS.

Anyone planning to come along will need to bring water bottles, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, snacks and cameras.

Any queries can be directed to faibssa@gmail.com

About Friends of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (Faibs)

Affectionately known as FAIBS, this group has been operating for just over two years.

It was established by a group of enthusiastic people who wanted to make a difference to our environment and specifically within the 60 kilometres of coastline running from Barker Inlet to Parham – which makes up the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary coastline and inland habitat is a terminal feeding and roosting ground.

It is utilised by over 20,000 migratory shorebirds each year as they return over 12,000 km from their northern breeding grounds in Alaska and the Russian Tundra.

Within the sanctuary is the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara (Kaurna language meaning ‘Country belonging to all birds’) covering 50km of coastline and 14,633 hectares.

FAIBS holds an activity day once a month within the sanctuary, generally on the third or fourth Sunday.

Activities have included rubbish removal, trail maintenance, revegetation, plant and bird identification and monitoring.

Going forward this group is keen to undertake project work within the Sanctuary to protect the habitat of resident and migratory shorebirds and the various flora and fauna of the region some of which are of international and national significance.

We are actively applying for grants to assist us in our future endeavours.

FAIBS members look forward to welcoming new participants of any age to our free activities.

For those wishing to financially support the group’s programs and resource development, membership for individuals or families is $10 per annum.

Enquiries can be made by emailing faibssa@gmail.com

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