What a journey the creation of the brochure has been. 18 months from initial idea to fruitition. There are always stops and starts in the development of any project, and projects for community groups staffed with volunteers are amongst the most difficult to complete. One of our main concerns was that we were duplicating effort by the regional tourism people. But their brochure still seems to be ‘in the works’.
It is so good to see ours finished and out there.
We had a version of the brochure for a while. It was an A3 page, double sided and photocopied when the boss was away. It was a prototype of the now published document.
For real commitment to quality, we needed to have it printed in full colour and have lots of them the hand around. The funding for the project has come from the collection and sale of seeds.
You can download a copy from our website (although there are no bird images on that version - copyright permission was only granted for print) or you can request it from the Griffith Visitor’s Centre. Copies will also, soon, be available from Vistior’s Centres in Leeton, Narrandera and Hay.
But its not over yet. In the works are similar publications for Narrandera and Leeton.
We’ll write about them when they are ready.
Ah! The internet. So much information and so little time to find it all.
So you want to go on a trip, or a weekend away and combine it with some outdoors and some birdwatching. How do you know where the best places are and what to look for when you get there?
At Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists we try to provide you with some of that information for our area - Griffith, Leeton and Narrandera in NSW. The best information is shared information. You can go to as many Tourist Information Centres as you like, but without staff who are keen and interested in birds and low impact visiting, you really need word of mouth.
A site like Birdpedia is one that attempts to provide a broad coverage of reserves and good field trip locations. In order to cover the areas they want, they need your help too. If you sign up with them, you can submit your bird lists from your favourite locations and you can write the trip reports too.
A quick look at Birdpedia’s locations for our region show a lack of knowledge, so far. But at least its a start. When you come to visit the Mid Murrumbidgee Valley, or Griffith NSW, check us out first and then see what the rest have to offer.
You all know that the Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists are rebuilding their site, right? Takes time and effort and not a few volunteers.
Luckily, some are stepping up to the challenge. Neville, for instance has compiled his bird lists from over the last 20 years to give us a useful list for Narrandera. And what a list. Neville has included details of the status of each bird so you can easily tell if you have a rare one or not.
The question of rarity of birds is an interesting one. Locally, we can see Major Mitchell Cockatoos quite easily (unless it is Twitchathon Day - but that is another story) but for visitors to the area, they are a rarity. Personally I love them and cant resist stopping to watch them as they fly by.
There are plans for more updates to the site, so check back and enjoy.