Turquoise Parrot - Brian Fair
Bruce Terrill 02 67609894
Secretary Marianne Terrill 02 67609894
Treasurer Jan Hosking
Website Coordinator Annabel Ashworth 02 67617666
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2091 TAMWORTH NSW 2340
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FAMILY / HOUSEHOLD $35.00
FAMILY CONCESSION [pension or distance] $25.00
STUDENT OR PENSIONER $20.00
During February 2018 we will
be celebrating twenty years since Tamworth Birdwatchers was formed.
put "pen to paper" and let Eric know what Tamworth Birdwatchers has
meant to you. He wants to collect memories or any funny anecdotes for inclusion in the newsletter.
We are having a
barbecue before the February meeting and hope to see lots of current and past members there.
We desperately need photos of TBW's early days for our February Meeting. We are looking for any showing
outings, parties, early members of the group etc. With your help it will be a time of nostalgia and happy memories.
Our challenge for 2018
200 species for Tamworth's anniversary
2018 will mark 200 years since the explorer John Oxley passed through the Tamworth area. Local clubs have been asked to do something in 2018 to mark this anniversary.
We have set ourselves the challenge of sighting 200 species of birds within our region between 1/1/18 and 31/12/18. So please, if you are a club member, be a part of this and let us know what you have seen.
Vale Aileen Fergusson
It is with sadness that we report that
another of our foundation members, Aileen Fergusson, has died. She had been battling ill health for some
time and will be sadly missed by her husband, Ron, who has lived in McKay
Nursing Home for some time, and their family
Aileen was born in Uralla, a premi baby who, according to her
family, fitted into a shoebox. Despite
this precarious entry into the world, Aileen grew up to be a very competent
adult with a keen intellect, assertive nature and great care for our
Aileen attended the very first meeting
of Tamworth Birdwatchers on 26 February
1998 and also took part in the first outing on the following Saturday. She and Ron were regular attendees from then
on and as with most of the early members, she had spent
many years in the National Parks Association and was, no doubt, very at home in
this fledgling organisation.
Some members of our club got to know
Aileen and Ron very well some years ago, when they joined a group of
birdwatchers from Armidale and went to Newhaven, north west of Alice Springs.
They spent a few weeks volunteering up there, mostly doing hazard reduction
burning. Despite being confined to a
wheelchair, Ron was included in everything.
Staff at Newhaven still have a video which shows Ron going up a ramp
they made, so he could get his wheelchair into the road grader.
They were very keen travellers in their
motorhome and Annabel still remembers her surprise when she and Eddie came
across them in a coffee shop in Broome!
Jean particularly recalls Aileen from her first outing with the
Tamworth Birdwatchers. They were heading
for Minbalup, at the end of New England Gully Road and Aileen gave her a
lift. She was very impressed with her
knowledge and welcoming manner.
Jean goes on to say, “Since then she has impressed me with her
tenacity for defending the environment and determination to live as sustainably
as possible – a hero in my eyes. Over
the years I have shown people through her wonderful productive garden and house
during Sustainable Expos and Sustainable House events, I have planted trees
alongside her down along the Peel River and have stood beside her at protests
outside politicians’ offices. I have
listened to her describing the trials and tribulations of planting trees in the
easement near her home, only to have them vandalised. Stoically, she planted more. She was not one to give up.”
She had an incredibly
positive attitude throughout her battle with cancer and continued to play the
croquet and attend various U3A and environmental activities until very
recently. The surviving trees she
planted outside her home will form a living memorial to a special person.
Jean Coady and Annabel
(The Lady with the Hat)
Birdwatchers extend our condolences to Barbara’s adult children John, Susan,
Timothy, Paul, David and their families following the recent passing of Barbara
Marjorie Doherty on 8 August 2017.
Barbara was well
known to our members as an active participant in our social meetings and
Tuesday bird watching walks. She was always ready for a chat with a smile on
her face to brighten up the day. Barb was known for her collection of brightly
coloured hats. Many were on display at the recent Celebration of Barbara’s
lifetime, Barbara was an active member of numerous community organisations
including a major long term commitment as a telephone counsellor at Lifeline.
Barbara always had a very active social conscience on a wide range of issues.
She was always prepared to stand up and make her views known to anyone who
would listen. She enjoyed researching topical issues and reaching a reasoned
conclusion. Barbara loved classical music and reading.
She was a member
of the National Parks Association of NSW, Tamworth Branch (a leading nature
conservation organisation) for around 40 years. During the national campaign to
stop the construction of the Franklin Dam she was a very active member of the
local South West Tasmania Committee even confronting our local Federal Member
of Parliament of the time to intervene on the issue.
When members of
the NPA started the Tamworth Birdwatchers almost 20 years ago Barbara was a
foundation member. She enjoyed many of the early camping trips. Even waking up
to a heavy frost in a tiny and flimsy one person tent could not put a dent in
Barb was still
joining in the Birdwatcher’s activities, particularly the Tuesday bird walks,
up to late last year, including a pre-Christmas 2016 trip to the Tamworth
has been missed since illness has reduced her participation in the Tamworth
Birdwatcher’s activities. Barbara will be greatly missed by her family and
friends from around the region. Rest in Peace.
Jack Peattie Research Grant
In recognition of one of our cofounders, Tamworth Birdwatchers Inc. is offering a grant of up to $500 to a researcher carrying out field research on Australian native birds, preferably within the Tamworth Region. Applications must be in writing and be received by the club no later than June 30 each year. Conditions apply.
Click here for further information
or please contact the club, in writing at the above address, or by phoning the President at the above number.
Swift Parrot seen at Black Jack SF Gunnedah on 30/7/16 - photo Denise Kane
are held at 7.30.pm on the 4 Thursday of the month at the Tamworth
Bridge Club, 7 Hilton St.
Tamworth from February to November inclusive.
Saturday following the Social Meeting, please confirm your attendance with the
delegated Leader. Usually meet at the car park next to the Paradise Caravan Park in Peel St, ready to leave at
8.00am or 9.00am depending on destination and time of year. Bring morning tea, lunch, folding
chair, notebook and pencil, hat and binoculars
Some of our members birdwatching near Lake Keepit
Photo: Annabel Ashworth
TUESDAY MORNING BIRDWATCHING. The 2nd and 4th
Tuesdays of each month February to November.
Meet at the car park next to the Paradise Caravan Park in Peel St, at 9am (8am during the hotter months). The contact person is Joan Dunne Phone 6762 4553. These are great mornings and
all members are welcome.
VISITORS TO TAMWORTH ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE CLUB
Sitella - Photo Les Cosier
Great Crested Grebe and chick -
Photo Terri Mower